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Providers' views on the effectiveness of crime intervention treatment practices with at risk youth

This study explored components that help identify and provide effective crime intervention programs for high risk youth in the juvenile justice system in hope of reducing recidivism rates. The researcher conducted a qualitative data analysis utilizing individual interviews with clinicians who have numerous years of experience working with at risk youth, in which they discussed their thoughts on what treatment practices they have observed help reduce recidivism of high risk youth in the juvenile justice system. In their interviews these practitioners identified common patterns and themes in treatment practices they felt ultimately helped reduce the likelihood of the high risk youth reoffending. Participants’ responses concur that recidivism is linked to the child’s environment, lack of family involvement, and not having a support system. All participants agreed that what they have observed to work best in keeping troubled youth out of the system is having intervention programs that provide consistency and structure, two elements that all participants expressed juvenile offenders lack in their environment. This study informs social workers of the significance of having effective crime intervention programs for at risk youth, and the need to implement such programs to emphasize their importance to the youths served, the community and policy enforcement.

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