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NCJ Number: 150616 Find in a Library
Title: Successes and Failures in Police Counseling Service for Pre-Delinquents
Journal: Reports of the National Research Institute of Police Science  Volume:34  Issue:1  Dated:(July 1993)  Pages:71-86
Author(s): K Takakuwa
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Annotation: This study used outcomes of encounters between 129 Japanese police officers and 230 juvenile pre-delinquents (71 boys and 159 girls) to assess the effectiveness of police counseling services on deterring future delinquent behavior.
Abstract: The police officers categorized the outcomes as 117 successes and 113 failures. The cases in which police failed to deter the juveniles from delinquent behavior seemed to be characterized by highly distressful life events and a longer period of problematic behavior. While counselors worked in essentially the same way in all cases, when they failed to help the parents and children change their behaviors and attitudes, the children were more likely to engage in delinquent activities. The counselors tried to establish relationships of trust with the parents and children, to bolster the children's self-esteem, to improve parent-child relationships, and to help the children find positive objectives to strive for. Successful counseling cases were marked by improved parent-child relationships. 12 tables
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign police; Japan; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Parental influence; Police juvenile relations; Police youth units; Statistics
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