ERIC Number: ED185462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Discrepancies in Diversion Research: Some Possible Explanations.
Emshoff, James G.; And Others
The lack of rigorous evaluations and variations in operation of adolescent diversion programs has led to a state of confusion concerning the effects of diversion. In a program at Michigan State University, youths referred to the project from the juvenile court are randomly assigned to undergraduates who are trained and supervised by project personnel or to a control group which receives treatment as usual. The standard 18-week intervention involves a combination of child advocacy and behavioral contracting. Results have been positive, but not conclusive. Project youth tend to have fewer and less serious police and court contacts and better school performance when compared to control youth. A major focus of the research has been to identify the conditions under which such a diversion program can be successful. What is done with the adolescent after diversion appears to affect his/her potential re-involvement with the system. Variations in this, as well as other variables, e.g., where in the system the youth is diverted, who administers the diversion program, and the type of youth diverted, are likely to account for a wide variety of results found by diversion programs. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversion Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).