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NCJ Number: 181201 Find in a Library
Title: Effective Intervention for Serious Juvenile Offenders
Series: OJJDP Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending Series
Author(s): Mark W. Lipsey; David B. Wilson; Lynn Cothern
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bulletin describes a meta-analysis that addresses the following questions: Can intervention programs reduce recidivism rates among serious juvenile delinquents? If so, what types of programs are most effective?
Abstract: The results reported in this study were derived by updating a previously conducted meta-analysis of the effects of intervention on delinquency (Lipsey, 1992, 1995) with more recent studies. A subset of studies on serious offenders was selected from that meta-analysis, yielding 200 experimental or quasi-experimental studies of interventions for both noninstitutionalized and institutionalized serious offenders. Although the effects measured across the 200 studies reviewed varied considerably, there was an overall decrease of 12 percent in recidivism for serious juvenile offenders who received treatment interventions. This paper describes the intervention programs that showed the strongest, most consistent impact on recidivism for serious juvenile offenders. The most effective interventions were interpersonal skills training, individual counseling, and behavioral programs for noninstitutionalized offenders, as well as interpersonal skills training and community-based, family-type group homes for institutionalized offenders. 1 table and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile treatment methods
Index Term(s): Serious juvenile offenders; Treatment effectiveness; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: This Bulletin is based on "Effective Intervention for Serious Juvenile Offenders: Synthesis of Research" by Mark W. Lipsey and David B. Wilson, a chapter in "Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders: Risk Factors and Successful Interventions," edited by Rolf Loeber and David P. Farrington (1998).
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