Parent training and juvenile recidivism
Christopher David Kacir, Ohio University, United States
Ohio University . Awarded
Juvenile delinquency is prevalent and damaging within American society. Many efforts and interventions have been directed at preventing or reducing juvenile delinquency with varying degrees of success. This study examined the effectiveness of Parenting Adolescents Wisely (PAW), an interactive videodisk parent-training program, with regards to reducing juvenile court recidivism rates. Eighty juvenile offenders (40 whose parents used the PAW program and 40 in a matched control group) participated in this study. Juvenile court records of the offenders (aged 8 to 18) were examined for two years post-treatment (treatment group) or two years following the six months after first offense (control group) for both number and severity of subsequent offenses. Parent report of serious behavioral problems was investigated. Additionally, severity of school disciplinary action was examined for 74 of the 80 participants (38 treatment, 36 control). No significant differences were found between the treatment and control groups on any of the dependent measures.
Kacir, C.D. Parent training and juvenile recidivism. Ph.D. thesis, Ohio University.
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