A Look at Interventions for Delinquent Youth
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This paper is comprised of answering two questions in regards to interventions for delinquent youth. The first question is: Are individual factors or family factors more important when creating interventions for delinquent youth? It discusses the impact of these factors and an approach the writer considers valuable to to address the issue. The second question is: What interventions would be emphasized in a balanced approach to sanctioning, rehabilitative intervention and public safety? The writer argues an approach called "competency development" in a balanced fashion would be best.
From the Paper:"Considering the impact of the above listed personal and familial risk factors for delinquency, I would say both are equally important when developing interventions for delinquent youths. Ek's (2008) study demonstrated clusters of respondents who had were lacking in one area, but not the other, and still the result was a higher level of delinquency than the cluster who had protective factors in place in both familial and individual categories. It follows that simply addressing one side of the delinquency equation would not provide the positive result needed to develop an effective delinquency intervention.
"The type of intervention I feel is most effective is a multi-pronged approach that not only seeks to address individual and familial factors, but also community, peer, and educational factors as well (Christie & Yell, 2008). An effective delinquency intervention must address the youth's self-esteem needs as well as improving their coping skills. The youth's attitudes towards drugs and antisocial behavior must be altered, as well as their commitment to schooling. With this increased commitment to education must come an educational factor to the intervention program to help facilitate learning for the affected youths. The parents and extended family must be involved, for the intervention to be successful. This includes, but is not limited to, improving parenting skills involving supervision and discipline. Community factors, including: the physical environment, recreational and economic opportunities, and social supports, must be in place to ensure the success of the residents ("Risk and protective", 2007). Additionally, as Leve and Chamberlain (2005) noted "association with delinquent peers is a recognized pre-cursor to continued delinquency" and as such must be a part of an effective delinquency intervention."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Education and career. (2009). Retrieved April 20, 2009, from http://www.bgca.org/programs/education.asp.
- Ek, A. (Mar 2008). Cluster profiles of youths living in urban poverty: Factors affecting risk and resilience. Social Work Research, 32(1). Retrieved April 20, 2009, from CINAHL Plus database.
- Leve, L. & Chamberlain, P. (Jun 2005). Association with delinquent peers: Intervention effects for youth in the juvenile justice system. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(3). Retrieved April 20, 2009, from PubMed Central database.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. (Aug 1997). Balanced and restorative justice for juveniles. Retrieved April 20, 2009, from http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/framwork.pdf.
- Risk and protective factors for youth violence fact sheet. (20 Dec 2007). Retrieved April 20, 2009, from http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/facts/risk.asp.
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