Treating the Juvenile Offender

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Robert D. Hoge, Nancy Guerra, Paul Boxer
Guilford Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Psychology - 294 pages

This authoritative, highly readable reference and text is grounded in the latest knowledge on how antisocial and criminal behavior develops in youth and how it can effectively be treated. Contributors describe proven ways to reduce juvenile delinquency by targeting specific risk factors and strengthening young people's personal, family, and community resources. Thorough yet concise, the book reviews exemplary programs and discusses theoretical, empirical, and practical issues in assessment and intervention. It also provides best-practice recommendations for working with special populations: violent offenders; gang members; sexual offenders; youth with mental health, substance abuse, educational, and learning problems; and female offenders.

 

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Contents

Understanding Youthful Offending
4
A Portrait of Juvenile Offending in the United States
15
Theoretical and Research Advances in Understanding the Causes of Juvenile Offending
33
Assessment in Juvenile Justice Systems
54
Treatment Programs and Policies
77
Implementing Treatment Programs in Community and Institutional Settings
103
Larry Miranda MA Office of Correctional Safety California
113
Treatment Programs and Policies
145
Treating GangInvolved Offenders
171
Elizabeth Siggins MA Senate Rules Committee California State
188
An EvidenceBased Approach to Assessment and Intervention
193
Mental Health Substance Abuse and Trauma
210
Juvenile Offenders with Special Education Needs
239
The Female Juvenile Offender
258
Epilogue
279
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Robert D. Hoge, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Distinguished Research Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he is involved in teaching and research in child and adolescent psychology, forensic psychology, and psychological assessment. He has served as a consultant to numerous government and private agencies in Canada, the United States, and other countries. Dr. Hoge has published numerous articles and books, and he is coauthor of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory, a widely used risk-need assessment tool.

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Nancy G. Guerra, EdD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her work focuses on the causes of childhood aggression and violence and on the development and evaluation of youth violence prevention and treatment programs. She has been involved in several national and international evaluation projects, and has served for the past 7 years as the principal investigator for the Southern California Academic Center of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention. Dr. Guerra has published numerous articles, chapters, special issues, policy papers, and books.

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Paul Boxer, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Adjunct Research Scientist in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on developmental psychopathology, particularly on the development of aggressive behavior in high-risk youth populations such as juvenile delinquents, psychiatric inpatients, and youth exposed to violence in communities and families. His studies emphasize the effects of ecological risk factors on social development. Dr. Boxer?s expertise also includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of violence prevention programming along with the assessment of risk for violent behavior.

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