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Citation

Celinska K, Furrer S, Cheng CC. J. Juv. Justice 2013; 2(2): 23-36.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, In Public Domain (U.S. Department of Justice OJJDP), Publisher CSR)

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Abstract

This article presents results of an evaluation of Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an intervention implemented to address the behavioral problems of at-risk youth in the state of New Jersey. FFT is a model clinical family intervention designed to assist adolescents and their families in preventing further delinquency and violent behavior by enhancing support and communication within the family. We employed a pre-post comparison group design to compare intervention outcomes for youth who received FFT with matched youth who received individual therapy or mentoring. The dependent variable was a change in the risk and protective factors for both youth and their parents, as derived from the Strengths and Needs Assessment (SNA) tool. Although the analysis reveals significant positive improvements in a few domains for both the treatment and the comparison group, only youth who received FFT exhibited a significant reduction in emotional and behavioral needs and risk behaviors. The effectiveness of the intervention may vary by gender, race, age, and ethnicity. We present recommendations for policy and future research.

KEYWORDS: Behavior problems, family therapy, juvenile delinquency, intervention, needs assessment, juvenile justice


Language: en

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