Cover Treatment Effectiveness in Secure Corrections of Serious (Violent or Chronic) Juvenile Offenders

Treatment effectiveness in secure corrections of serious (violent or chronic) juvenile offenders

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 31 different evaluations.
The potential gains from treatment programs for juvenile offenders are of significant interest to the crime policy debate. This is even more the case if the youths in question have been placed in secure correctional facilities.
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An overall picture

A range of different treatment programs have been implemented in relation to this target group. But how well do they work? What does the research tell us?

Finding one´s bearings in relation to a constantly growing body of research and drawing one´s own conclusions is often difficult. This also applies to research on the effects produced by measures intended to combat crime. Systematic reviews are one means of helping people to pick their way through the jungle of research findings. Systematic reviews combine a number of evaluations that are considered to satisfy a list of empirical criteria for measuring effects as reliably as possible. The results of these evaluations are then used to calculate and produce an overall picture of the effects that a given measure does and does not produce. Systematic reviews aim to systematically combine the results from a number of studies in order to produce a more reliable overview of the opportunities and limitations associated with a given crime prevention strategy.

The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) has therefore initiated the publication of a series of systematic reviews, in the context of which internationally renowned researchers are commissioned to perform the studies on our behalf. In this study, the authors have carried out a systematic review, including a meta-analysis, of 31 evaluations.

The report is prepared for Brå by Luz Anyela Morales, Vicente Garrido and Julio Sánchez-Meca.

Facts about the publication

Authors: Luz Anyela Morales, Vicente Garrido, Julio Sánchez-Meca
Year of publication: 2010

Publication number: ISBN 978-91 86027-56-8


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