Alternative Treatments for Troubled Youth: The Case of by William S. Davidson II, Robin Redner, Richard L. Amdur,

By William S. Davidson II, Robin Redner, Richard L. Amdur, Christina M. Mitchell (auth.)

The function of this quantity is to provide the complete tale of our examine application on replacement interventions with antisocial adolescence. it really is our aim to explain the advance of another intervention version, to envision its salient procedures, to supply a try out of its relative potent­ ness, and to provide an outline of its systemic affects. the method defined was once in line with the suggestion that development in our methods to distressed formative years lies in a scientific exam of the efficacy of leading edge versions. because the reader is maybe conscious, the historical past of inter­ ventions with early life is extra a list of failure than good fortune. hence, the hunt for choices is very severe. The booklet proceeds as a close learn monograph. the 1st 4 chapters describe the ancient and theoretical antecedents of the devel­ opment of the examine application. Chapters five via eleven describe re­ seek at the efficacy of different intervention ways for delin­ quent adolescence, examine at the impression on nonprofessional switch brokers, an try to combine modern theoretical propositions approximately de­ linquency causation and the consequences saw, and examine studying the systemic results of delivering cutting edge interventions to de­ linquent adolescence. the ultimate bankruptcy integrates the findings with contempo­ rary paintings and offers feedback for destiny work.

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It was encouraging to note that over 20% of these studies utilized data collectors blind to experimental conditions. This rate, although still small, was a dramatic improvement over rates noted in previous reviews. Finally, change agent characteristics are totally ignored in this literature. For example, there was no examination of the relationship of change agent characteristics to treatment efficacy; only one study attempted to control for potential confounds of change agent characteristics. Briefly stated, the methodological quality of this body of literature is not substantially better than previous reviews have reported.

Implementation measurement-Was there assessment of intervention integrity? 2. Evidence of unplanned variability in intervention-Was there evidence of lack of compliance or other problems in treatment integrity? 3. Data collectors blind to experimental conditions/hypotheses-coded yes/no. 4. Description of control group-coded as no treatment, treatment as usual, subjects as own control (pre/post designs), or no-control group. 5. Assignment of subjects to treatment-coded as random, matching, or nonrandom.

It has long been argued that the experimental rigor such as randomization provides should provide a more precise test of hypotheses. It may also be the case that including randomization is an indicator of research precision. DISCUSSION This meta-analysis of the research literature examining the efficacy of intervention methods with juvenile offenders has again pointed out the complexity of this field. , 1983; Paul, 1969). Studies of interventions with juvenile offenders produce differential findings dependent on 34 CHAPTER 3 several factors.

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