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NCJ Number: 78718 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Delinquency Intervention in New York's Division for Youth - A Look at the Youngsters, Programs and Outcomes
Author(s): H Paquin; F Foster-Clark
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 268
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Albany, NY 12203-3764
Sale Source: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
4 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203-3764
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the findings of a comprehensive evaluation of New York State delinquency rehabilitation programs operated by the New York Division for Youth.
Abstract: Programs were grouped into two categories: target programs, representing all community-based facilities in the four metropolitan areas of New York City, the Capital District, Buffalo, and Syracuse; and nontarget programs. The study used a quasi-experimental, multiple treatment, selective pre/post testing, cohort tracking design. The sample included all 1,081 juveniles newly admitted or readmitted to division services from May through August 1978. The study hypothesized that the division had four basic objectives: to improve education, enhance employability, improve self-esteem, and reduce recidivism and behavior problems among referred youngsters. Findings related to youngster characteristics at entry into the division are presented in terms of demographic characteristics of the juveniles and youngster preintervention characteristics in the areas of education, employment, self-esteem, and behavior. Findings address general program characteristics, the program's relationship with the community, and the intervention-relevant social climate of the individual program unit. Findings regarding initial placement and subsequent movement of youngsters focus on the placement of youngsters at admission and patterns of movement after entry and to the end of the study tracking period. Findings indicate that educational and employment services had a beneficial impact on youngsters, whereas self-esteem was not significantly improved through program participation. Moreover, youngsters who made less improvement while in the program were more likely than others to remain delinquent. Recommendations for the division are included. Tables and figures are provided, and data collection instruments and regression equations employed in predicting youngster outcomes are appended.
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Evaluation; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; New York
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