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Title: Following High Risk Youth Over Time: Implications for Public Policy
Author(s): R Dembo; L Williams; J Schmeidler; E D Wish; A Getreu; E Berry
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 80
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-IJ-CX-0050; 87-JN-CX-0008
Sale Source: University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A longitudinal study of 305 youths who entered juvenile detention in Florida between December 1986 and April 1987 sought to determine the usefulness of urinalysis in identifying youths at risk of future drug use and delinquency and to suggest intervention strategies to reduce the chance that these youths would become further involved in drug abuse or juvenile delinquency.
Abstract: Data were gathered regarding demographic factors, juvenile justice histories, alcohol and other drug use, experiences of physical or sexual abuse, personal and peer delinquency, educational experiences, psychological functioning, and urinalysis results. Findings indicated that serious efforts are needed to identify and work with youths displaying difficulties at school and with their families, at the earliest age. Interviewing and urine testing of youthful detainees for drug use at the point of entry into secure detention is also a promising method for screening youths with histories of delinquency. Programs must also be holistic, rather than focusing on one problem at a time. Many youths need serious treatment intervention, especially drug treatment. Service continuity is also essential, because many youths have problems that can be traced to their early years and that become more serious as they proceed through adolescence. 83 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug Related Crime; Drug testing; Florida; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention
Note: DCC; Paper scheduled for presentation at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., November 1990
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