ERIC Number: ED210619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Success or Failure in a Juvenile Diversion Program.
The idea of diverting youths away from the juvenile justice system has grown in the past decade. Most evaluations of diversion programs have been program-centered rather than examining individual programs, and in most cases, success has been judged by recidivism rates. A diversion program, called the Careers Center, was investigated and a combination of individual and environmental variables was generated to predict the success of 64 clients, ages 15-18. Significant predictors of success were: (1) a lower number of recorded legal changes; (2) high IQ; (3) no history of serious behavior problems; (4) no previous institutionalization; (5) early entry into the program; and (6) a possible learning disability. The results provide further evidence that youths who have been more involved in the juvenile justice system may be more difficult to rehabilitate. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversion (Judicial)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981). Best copy available.