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NCJ Number: 136743 Find in a Library
Title: National Survey of Juvenile Needs Assessment
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:38  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:230-238
Author(s): D B Towberman
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using two survey instruments and responses from 48 States, this study examines the parameters of juvenile offender needs assessment. The surveys examine the factors included in juvenile needs assessment as well as the means by which juvenile needs are evaluated in various State systems, and particularly whether a formal or standardized instrument is used.
Abstract: The findings indicate that most States do not have formal, systemwide needs assessment procedures, but nevertheless have some type of needs assessment occurring at various points in the juvenile justice process. The most frequently measured needs include substance abuse, emotional and/or psychological dysfunction, violent behavior, sexual abuse and deviancy, family dysfunction, peer association problems, educational and vocational deficits, and physical problems. The quality and point of initiation of needs assessment varies between States. In some States, court psychologists conduct thorough clinical assessments of juvenile offenders at intake, while in other States, juveniles do not receive a needs assessment until after commitment to the correctional system. The author recommends ways to develop needs assessment measures and associated interventions on the secondary and tertiary levels. 2 tables and 8 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile offender classification; Juvenile program needs assessment
Index Term(s): Juvenile court intake; Juvenile psychological evaluation; State-by-state analyses
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