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Treating the Juvenile Offender

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ISBN 9781593856397
Published March 1, 2008 by Guilford Press
294 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Nancy G. Guerra, Robert D. Hoge, and Paul Boxer

1. A Portrait of Juvenile Offending in the United States, Kirk R. Williams, Louis Tuthill, and Shoon Lio

2. Theoretical and Research Advances in Understanding the Causes of Juvenile Offending, Nancy G. Guerra, Kirk R. Williams, Patrick H. Tolan, and Kathryn L. Modecki

3. Assessment in Juvenile Justice Systems, Robert D. Hoge

4. What Works: Best Practices with Juvenile Offenders, Nancy G. Guerra, Tia E. Kim, and Paul Boxer

5. Implementing Treatment Programs in Community and Institutional Settings, Nancy G. Guerra and Caren Leaf

6. How Policy Affects Practice in the Treatment of Juvenile Offenders: The California Experience, Elizabeth Siggins and Amy Seidlitz

7. Treatment of Violent Offenders, Paul Boxer and Paul J. Frick

8. Treating Gang-Involved Offenders, Robert Nash Parker, Todd D. Negola, Rudy Haapanen, Larry Miranda, and Emily K. Asencio

9. Juvenile Sexual Offending: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention, Gary O'Reilly and Clodagh Ann Dowling

10. Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Bonita M. Veysey

11. Juvenile Offenders with Special Education Needs, Carolyn R. Eggleston

12. The Female Juvenile Offender, Robert D. Hoge and Lynda Robertson

13. Epilogue, Robert D. Hoge, Nancy G. Guerra, and Paul Boxer

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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.

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.

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.


"Public fear of juvenile crime has led to an increasing use of harsher sanctions, including punishing youth in the adult criminal justice system. This remarkable book provides a well-reasoned, empirically supported framework for refocusing practice and policy. The editors and contributors articulate specific prevention and treatment approaches and cogently demonstrate that a less punitive, more rehabilitation-oriented approach would be far more effective in reducing youth crime."--Ronald Roesch, PhD, Department of Psychology and Director, Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

"Hoge et al. have provided a thorough yet concise review of the epidemiology and causes of juvenile offending, as well as effective interventions. Importantly, the book is extremely readable and current in its synthesis of theory and research, which enhances its utility as a graduate text. An excellent volume."--Scott W. Henggeler, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (retired), Medical University of South Carolina

"Built on a solid foundation of developmental research, this extraordinary book provides a platform for the next generation of evidence-based practice and policy in juvenile justice. The editors have set aside ideological polemics to focus on a central question: How can we best reduce recidivism in young offenders? Without question, this is the deepest, most thoroughly researched, and most up-to-date resource of its kind. It is an invaluable work that should be a 'go-to' book for anyone interested in shaping and improving the future of our juvenile justice system."--Randy Borum, PsyD, Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

"This volume is a primer for both neophytes and experts on current theory, research, and practice in juvenile justice. The editors have crafted a cohesive set of chapters that move from recent trends in juvenile crime to developmental theories, from treatment principles to policies and best practices in particular circumstances."--Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD, Pritzker Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University