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NCJ Number: 50179 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: INTENSIVE SUPERVISION BY PAROLE OFFICERS AS A FACTOR IN RECIDIVISM REDUCTION OF MALE DELINQUENTS
Journal: JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY  Volume:67  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1967)  Pages:75-82
Author(s): R K SCHWITZGEBEL; D J BAER
Corporate Author: Journal Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1967
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Journal Press
Provincetown, MA 02657
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20203
Grant Number: 65215
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SPECIAL SELECTION AND TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PAROLE OFFICERS IN REDUCING RECIDIVISM AMONG JUVENILE PAROLEES ASSIGNED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SERVICE BOARD IS ASSESSED.
Abstract: TWO CONTROL GROUPS OF 157 HISTORICAL AND 152 CONTEMPORANEOUS PAROLEES, ALL OF WHOM WERE SUPERVISED BY REGULAR PAROLE OFFICERS, WERE COMPARED WITH 95 EXPERIMENTAL PAROLEES, WHO WERE SUPERVISED BY 12 SPECIALLY TRAINED COUNSELORS. THE COUNSELORS RECEIVED INFORMATION ON COUNSELING PROCEDURES AND ULTILIZATION OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES DURING 45 TRAINING SESSIONS CONDUCTED OVER A 1-YEAR PERIOD. THE EXPERIMENTAL OFFICERS' CASELOADS WERE REDUCED FROM THE USUAL 75 TO 25. THEIR CONTACTS WITH THE PAROLEES BEGAN WHILE THE JUVENILES WERE STILL INCARCERATED. THE THREE PAROLEE GROUPS WERE MATCHED FOR 11 BACKGROUND AND OFFENSE VARIABLES. COMPARISON OF EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUPS FOR RECIDIVISM OVER A 6-MONTH POSTPAROLE PERIOD REVEALS NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN PERCENT OR TYPE OF RECIDIVISM. THIS FINDING MAY BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RELATIVELY SHORT OBSERVATION PERIOD, TO FACTORS IN THE SELECTION OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP, AND/OR TO THE INCREASED OPPORTUNITY FOR COUNSELORS OF EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECTS TO OBSERVE MALADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR. SUPPORTING DATA AND A LIST OF REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LKM)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Juvenile parole services; Juvenile parolees; Juvenile Recidivism; Massachusetts; Studies
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