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NCJ Number: 148233 Find in a Library
Title: Effect of Treatment on Juvenile Delinquents: Results from Meta-Analysis (From Psychology and Law: International Perspectives, P 131-143, 1992, Friedrich Losel, Doris Bender, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-148224)
Author(s): M W Lipsey
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: Germany (Unified)
Annotation: This meta-analysis of juvenile delinquency included over 400 control/comparison group delinquency treatment studies; dependent variables for the analysis included main delinquency outcome and such nondelinquency outcome variables as attitude, personality, self-esteem, and school performance.
Abstract: The analysis addressed whether treatment had positive effects on juvenile delinquency prevention. It was found that treatment modality was the most important factor in methodological differences among studies. More behaviorally specific and structured treatments generally produced larger effects than traditional counseling and casework approaches. Effect sizes for more successful treatments represented reductions of 20 percent or more in the recidivism of treated juveniles compared to control juveniles. In addition, treatment had positive effects on psychological, interpersonal, school participation, academic, and vocational outcomes. Such changes, however, did not correlate across studies in a way that indicated these dimensions were uniformly improved by treatment. Rather, it appeared that reduced juvenile delinquency was regularly accompanied by school participation. School participation, in turn, was associated with positive effects on psychological and interpersonal variables. 21 references and 7 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile statistics; Juvenile treatment methods
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