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NCJ Number: 219478 Find in a Library
Title: Qualitative Examination of the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Process
Journal: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions  Volume:6  Issue:4  Dated:2006  Pages:91-114
Author(s): Valerie Bryan; Matthew Hiller; Carl Leukefeld
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts
Frankfort, KY 40601
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents evaluation results from a focus group study on the effectiveness of a juvenile drug court.
Abstract: Results indicated that the target population is juveniles with substance abuse or dependence issues, although 13-year-olds were considered too young to benefit from the juvenile drug court process and 17-year-olds were considered too old for program entry due to logistical problems. Most participants served by the program had a wide range of substance abuse problems. The juvenile participant’s family circumstances were considered a direct influence on their program success or failure. Goals of the juvenile drug court included remaining drug-free; developing life management skills; acquiring academic, social, and vocational skills; creating a support system for the juvenile; and reducing criminal recidivism. Immediate objective of the juvenile drug court were to stabilize home situations and stop juvenile criminality. Therapeutic interventions included urinalysis and consistency of structure. Frustration was expressed over the level and amount of treatment services provided to juveniles. Recommendations are presented and include regular attendance by public defender attorneys. Future research should focus on the treatment process in order to promote the development of a best practice model. Focus group participants were 10 practitioners from an established juvenile drug court, including the judge, drug court coordinator, drug court case specialist, practitioner from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), 2 treatment providers, 2 Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Department of Public Advocacy attorney, and a representative from the public school district. The focus group discussion addressed the implementation and functional activities of the juvenile drug court, including its target population, long- and short-term goals, community resources, participant characteristics, impediments to success, and therapeutic activities. The analysis involved the development of a logic model, or coding paradigm that focused on the situational context, intervening conditions, strategies, and consequences of the process under study. Figures, note, references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug courts; Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Personal interviews; Services effectiveness
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