Reducing juvenile recidivism: Evaluating the wraparound services model

Michelle M. Carney, Frederick Buttell

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to (a) evaluate the relative effectiveness of wraparoundservices versus conventional services for juvenile delinquent youth and (b) create a predictive model that would assist the juvenile court system in correctly identifying youth at greatest risk of reoffending. Method: The study employed a pretest/posttest, control group design, with 6-, 12-, and 18-month follow-up assessments, of 141 youth court-ordered into community-based treatment programs for delinquent youth. Results: Analysis indicated that few of the variables studied differentiated between wraparound services recipients and conventional service recipients. However, a logistic regression model was developed that correctly predicted recidivism for 79% of the sample at the 6-month follow-up assessment (chi-square = 27.211, df = 6, p = .0001) and 78% of the sample at the 18-month follow-up assessment (chi-square = 16.453, df = 8, p = .036). Conclusions: Implications of the findings for improving community-based juvenile diversion programs for delinquent youth were explored and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-568
Number of pages18
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

Keywords

  • Court-involved youth
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Recidivism
  • Wraparound services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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