ERIC Number: ED200849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Nonprofessionals to Provide Services to Diverted Delinquent Youth.
Emshoff, James G.; And Others
The Adolescent Diversion Project, an alternative to court processing for juvenile offenders, employs intervention strategies of behavioral contracting and advocacy. Youth (N=73) were assigned to one of three conditions: (1) the control group receiving usual court treatment; (2) the family condition involving a trained undergraduate volunteer who worked with the delinquent for 18 weeks and focused entirely on the family; and (3) the multi-focus group using volunteers who focused on several life domains. Outcome measures included police and court data, self-reported delinquent behavior, and school data. Process interviews were also conducted with youth, parent, peers, and volunteers. The multi-focus group showed a greater decrease in the frequency and seriousness of court and police contacts and reported less delinquent behavior than did the other groups. The multi-focus group was also superior in terms of school interactions. The broad-based multi-focus intervention appears to be preferable to the targeting of the family alone. The two experimental groups experienced less incarceration during the program than did the control group, thus supporting the continued use of diversion as an alternative to normal juvenile justice system processing. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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 (Judicial)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Prepared by the Michigan Adolescent Diversion Project, Lansing.