Impact of Brief Intervention Services on Drug-Using Truant Youths' Self-Reported Delinquency and Arrest Charges: A Longitudinal Study.
Dembo, Richard. Schmeidler, James. Wareham, Jennifer. Briones-Robinson, Rhissa. Winters, Ken C. Ungaro, Rocio.
Published: September-October 2016
Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Vol. 25, No. 5 , p. 458-479
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The issue of delinquency among truant youths is insufficiently documented in the literature. There is a need to elucidate this issue, and assess the efficacy of interventions to reduce this problem behavior. The present National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded study addressed this gap by examining the impact of a Brief Intervention (BI), originally designed to address youth substance use, on their delinquent behavior over an 18-month follow-up period (for self-reported delinquency) and a 24-month follow-up period (for official record delinquency). A number of significant BI intervention effects with sizable effect sizes were found, as well as a number of marginally significant BI effects. In particular, significant reductions in arrest charges at 24-month follow-up for youths receiving BI services compared to controls were among the key findings of this study. Service delivery implications and directions for future analyses are discussed. (Author abstract)
juvenile delinquency; therapeutic effectiveness; substance abuse; criminal charges; school linked services; prevention programs