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Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2014 Sep;58(9):1058-80. doi: 10.1177/0306624X13492403. Epub 2013 Jul 9.

Evaluating the effectiveness of a special needs diversionary program in reducing reoffending among mentally ill youthful offenders.

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1
University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA sjjeong@uta.edu.
2
Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA.
3
Tarrant County Juvenile Services, Fort Worth, TX, USA.

Abstract

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a mental health intervention for youthful offenders, specifically the Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP) by comparing the treatment group with the control group. The sample consisted of 328 mentally ill youths: 168 youths participated in the SNDP and 160 youths in other court-ordered programs. To examine the empirical relationships among the covariates, the current study uses a two-step approach: (a) logistic regression; and (b) Cox Proportional-Hazards Regression. The findings reveal that participation in the SNDP was strongly associated with reduced recidivism compared with nonparticipation in the SNDP among mentally ill youthful offenders throughout the 12-month follow-up. Study limitations and implications for future research are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

SNDP; mental illness; recidivism

PMID:
23839225
DOI:
10.1177/0306624X13492403
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