Recidivism Among Juvenile Offenders Research Proposal

A research proposal to use multisystemic therapy to reduce the risk of recidivism among youth.
# 117505 | 2,438 words | 10 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper explores the literature on recidivism and the use of multisystemic therapy (MST) in preventing recidivism. The paper's research reveals that youth offenders incarcerated are more prone to commit another crime after they are released from prison due to the alleged ineffectiveness of the method of correction applied. The paper's research also reveals that MST is a scientific, proven way to effectively prevent recidivism among juvenile offenders and finally, that providing alternatives to prison can also save a lot of money for the government. The paper outlines a proposed study to establish the underlying factors that contribute to the recidivism of juvenile offenders.

Review of Related Literature
Methods to be used in the study
A Step-by-Step Procedure in conducting the project

From the Paper:

"There has been a pressing concern on the efficacy of the correctional systems in the United States in decreasing youth crime, as recidivism among youth offenders is steadily increasing.
"Washington State has recorded an astounding 77 percent of recidivism among young male offenders while more than 60 percent of females re-offend (Sentencing Guidelines Commission, 2005 p. 1)
"If the recidivism rate is a barometer of success in law enforcement, crime prevention, and correction why is it that there are still an increasing number of former youth felons committing subsequent crimes?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Austin, J., Johnson, K., & Weitzer, R. (2005, September). Alternatives to the secure detention and confinement of juvenile offendors. Juvenile Justice Bulletin, 5, 1-41.
  • Cox, K. F. (2005). Examinnig the role of social network intervention as an integral component of community-based, family focused practice. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 448.
  • Fowles, R. (1995). A statistical analysis of project horizon: The Utah corections education recidivism reduction plan.
  • Henggeler, S. (1999). Multisystemic therpay: An overview of clinical procedures, outcomes, and policy implications. Child Psychology & Psychiatry Review, 4, 1-2.
  • Henggeler, S. W., Melton, G. B., Brondino, M. J., Scherer, D. G., & Hanley, J. H. (1997). Multisystemic therapy with violent and chronic juvenile offenders and their families: The role of treatment fidelity in successful dissemination. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 828.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Recidivism Among Juvenile Offenders (2009, December 06) Retrieved March 31, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Recidivism Among Juvenile Offenders" 06 December 2009. Web. 31 March. 2020. <>