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NCJ Number: 229506 Find in a Library
Title: Truancy Intervention Programs: Challenges and Innovations to Implementation
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:December 2009  Pages:437-456
Author(s): Richard Dembo; Laura M. Gulledge
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA021561
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the kinds of truancy programs available in the United States, the evidence of their effectiveness, and what obstacles are present to prevent the successful implementation of these programs.
Abstract: School truancy, particularly in primary and secondary schools, represents a serious issue deserving attention in communities across the Nation. Most often treated as a management and disciplinary problem, serious attention to the underlying causes of truancy is usually given after the youths' absence from school becomes frequent or chronic. Truant youth are at considerable risk of continuing their troubled behavior in school, experiencing psychosocial difficulties, and entering the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, truancy has not received significant attention by criminologists. This article addresses three questions: (a) What kinds of truancy programs exist in the United States? (b) What evidence do we have regarding their effectiveness? (c) What system and programmatic issues present obstacles to implementing successful truancy programs and need to be considered in establishing effective programs? Finally, we discuss efforts that are underway in Hillsborough County, Florida, in implementing an effective continuum of service for truant youth and their families. Table, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Truancy
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Family support; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile rehabilitation; Juvenile treatment methods; School delinquency programs; School dropouts; Services effectiveness
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