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ERIC Number: EJ867923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Juvenile Justice and a Strengths Perspective: Complement or Clash?
Clark, Michael D.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v18 n2 p21-26 2009
Does the new realm of positive psychology and strength-based strategies complement or clash with the remedial discipline of social control traditionally practiced in juvenile justice programs? Many welcome the balance of positive psychology, the strengths perspective, and coping and resilience studies. Although emerging from different disciplines, these approaches share many common aspects and seem to be unified by a common trait--they all represent a new science of "getting up." As a background for this discussion, the author first poses four preliminary questions on juvenile justice and punishment and offers solutions by applying the strengths perspective to the four questions. Then the author discusses the two C's of probation history: (1) control; and (2) compliance, and the three C's of strengths perspective: (1) control; (2) compliance; and (3) change. The author presents four ways on how to apply the strengths perspective to juvenile justice: (1) Shift the focus from problems to strengths; (2) Shift the focus from punishment to treatment; (3) Shift from adult-constructed solutions to youth-involved solutions; and (4) Realize change comes from the strengths of the young person and not coercion of the adult.
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Language: English
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