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NCJ Number: 230278 Find in a Library
Title: Treating Juveniles in a Sex Offender Program Using Adventure-Based Programming: A Matched Group Design
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January-February 2010  Pages:20-34
Author(s): H. L. Gillis; Michael A. Gass
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 15
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effectiveness of a behavior management model using adventure programming with juvenile sex offenders (JSOs).
Abstract: Ninety-five male juvenile sex offenders in an adventure-based behavior management program (LEGACY) were matched with male juveniles in State treatment-as-usual and other specialized programs in the same State to determine program effectiveness (as measured by rearrest rates). The LEGACY program demonstrated significant treatment effectiveness on rearrest rates when compared with youth development centers and other specialized programs 2 and 3 years later. Overall, 3-year rearrest rates for the most serious reoffenses for each of the placements were as follows: 34.8 percent for youth development centers (YDC), 32.6 percent for other specialized programs (OSP), and 19 percent for LEGACY. Table and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Behavior modification
Index Term(s): Deterrence effectiveness; Juvenile recidivism statistics; Juvenile Sex Offenders; Life skills training; State juvenile justice systems; Treatment effectiveness
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