skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 114615 Find in a Library
Title: Off School, In Court: An Experimental and Psychiatric Investigation of Severe School Attendance Problems
Author(s): I Berg; I Brown; R Hullin
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 142
Sponsoring Agency: Home Office Research Unit
London, England SW1
Nuffield Foundation
London, England
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Publication Number: ISBN 0-387-96744-3
Sale Source: Springer-Verlag
44 Hartz Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The first randomly controlled trial carried out by Leeds (England) juvenile court magistrates compared 51 children put on supervision orders with 46 dealt with by the adjournment procedure.
Abstract: The study began in 1975 and lasted approximately one year. The children studied had a mean age of 13 years. In the six months following their first court appearance because of truancy, the adjourned group (monitoring through repeated court appearances without issued orders) attended school more often and committed fewer criminal offenses than the supervised group. Apparently no particular subgroup would have responded sufficiently well to a supervision order to justify continuing its use. The study concluded that the adjournment procedure should be used routinely for virtually all children taken to juvenile court for truancy. Juvenile court magistrates in Leeds generally stopped using supervision orders following this experiment and adopted the adjournment procedure as the standard way of dealing with truants brought before the court. This policy has been effective in changing truancy patterns. Chapter references, author index, subject index.
Main Term(s): Truancy
Index Term(s): Juvenile court procedures; Offender supervision; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Part of the series entitled 'Research in Criminology.'
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.