ERIC Number: ED179874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Predictors of Recidivism in Juvenile Delinquents Participating in a Family Counseling Program.
Jenkins, Karen; And Others
With the recent trend towards diversionary projects for juvenile law offenders, various threapeutic residential and outreach models have been introduced. It was hypothesized that there are family characteristics which are related to high incidences of continued delinquent behavior, and that males from single parent, low-income families will be the most likely to re-enter the juvenile justice system. It was further hypothesized that there are other salient variables in diversionary strategies which can serve to mediate the relationship between family characteristics and recidivism. Subjects were 53 families referred to a diversionary project utilizing a short-term behavioral family intervention approach. Data on families were collected, along with recidivism data from court records. Post-evaluation data were collected after termination of therapy. Both family and process variables proved important in understanding juvenile recidivism. More attention needs to be directed toward single parent families; smaller families tend to have higher recidivism rates than larger families; and family counseling tends to be the most effective method of lowering recidivism. (Author/BMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Div. of Justice and Crime Prevention, Richmond.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (50th, Philadelphia, PA, April 18-21, 1979); Best copy available