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NCJ Number: 127999 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: Diversion From the Juvenile Justice System (From Fourteen Ounces of Prevention: A Casebook for Practitioners, P 123-137, 1988, Richard H Price, Emory L Cowen, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-127997)
Author(s): W S Davidson II; R Redner
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Sale Source: American Psychological Assoc
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Adolescent Diversion Project (ADP) is an effective juvenile delinquency prevention program that was developed through a systematic process involving development, evaluation, and replication.
Abstract: The program focused on youth who had been apprehended by the police and referred to juvenile court but who had not yet been judged innocent or guilty by a juvenile court judge. It used college students as nonprofessional service providers who provided 16 to 18 weeks of one-on-one interventions carried out in the youths' natural environments and focusing on the crucial life areas of family, school, and employment. Intervention techniques included developing a good relationship, behavioral contracting, advocacy, and obtaining access to community resources. The program required intense involvement with local juvenile justice institutions and close supervision of the volunteers. Replicating this model requires constructive relationships with the affected agencies, adequate funding, and appropriate training of professionals and volunteers. Tables and 78 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile diversion programs
Index Term(s): Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Services effectiveness
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