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NCJ Number: 68172 Find in a Library
Title: SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENDER - IDENTIFICATION AND SUGGESTED TREATMENT RESPONSES
Journal: JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT JOURNAL  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:(MAY 1980)  Pages:23-34
Author(s): L S TAYLOR
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENDERS ARE DISCUSSED BY A PSYCHOLOGIST.
Abstract: THE DANGEROUS SERIOUS OFFENDER IS ONE WHO COMMITS ASSAULTIVE CRIMES, EITHER REPEATEDLY OR FOLLOWING OTHER ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR PATTERNS. THE LESS DANGEROUS SERIOUS OFFENDER IS A CHRONIC OFFENDER WHO IS DEDICATED TO A DELINQUENT LIFESTYLE. PREVENTIVE EFFORTS SHOULD IDENTIFY CHILDREN AT HIGH RISK OF BECOMING ASSAULTIVE DELINQUENTS AND REFER THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES TO SERVICES THAT ASSIST BEHAVIORALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN. SERIOUS DELINQUENTS SHOULD BE PLACED IN SECURE SETTINGS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF EVALUATION AND STABILIZATION. DELINQUENT EGO DEFICIENCIES NEED CORRECTION THROUGH A PROGRAM OF PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS AND A STRUCTURED COMMUNTIY MILIEU THROUGH WHICH THE OFFENDER CAN ATTAIN NEW AWARENESS AND BEHAVIORS. COMMUNITY CONTACTS AND SERVICES CAN INCLUDE FAMILY RESTRUCTURING, FOSTER PLACEMENT, GROUP HOME PLACEMENT, EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, WORK EXPERIENCES, SPECIALIZED GROUP EXPERIENCES, STRUCTURED CONTACTS WITH RELATIVES, DAY TREATMENTS, AND ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS. THE MILIEU'S EFFECTIVENESS WILL DEPEND ON THE PRIMARY COUNSELOR WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE DAILY TO HELP THE CHILD OR ADOLESCENT. THE PRIMARY COUNSELOR SHOULD BE INNOVATIVE, UNDERSTANDING AND HAVE COMMON SENSE. COUNSELING SERVICES SHOULD BE INDIVIDUALIZED. THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM MAXIMIZES THE CHANCES FOR MATCHING A CHILD'S ASSESSED NEEDS WITH AN APPROPRIATE TREATMENT RESPONSE. FORTY-ONE REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Crime seriousness measures; Juvenile day treatment services; Juvenile due process; Milieu therapy
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