Models of Delinquency Intervention
In this chapter, the interventions used by the Adolescent Diversion Project are examined from an individual perspective. This means that rather than examining differences between groups of subjects who received similar treatments, individual youth—volunteer pairs are the unit of analysis. Several reasons prompted this approach. First, each youth is a unique person who may have a different pattern of delinquent behavior that exists for different reasons and that may respond to different interventions. Furthermore, youth within any given treatment condition might vary in the pattern of specific interventions that they received. By disaggregating individuals from the treatment groups into which they had been randomly placed, the mechanisms by which specific interventions operated could perhaps be discovered. Our hope was first, to understand how specific intervention activities affected delinquency. Then, by examining how specific interventions were distributed across treatment conditions, it might be possible to determine the mechanisms by which the treatment conditions affected delinquency.
KeywordsPath Coefficient Family Conflict Path Model Family Involvement School Intervention
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