Juvenile Justice Interventions to Parental Intervention and Research Paper

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juvenile justice interventions to parental intervention and readiness for change. The study evaluates Parenting with Love Limits (PLL) group therapy program to determine its effect on adolescent behavior and its effect on parent factors as well as parent adolescent relationship and readiness for change.

The methods and procedures used in conducting this study are descriptive and experimental. It also involves statistical analysis of data. It also reviews previous studies that relates to it. It is descriptive in the sense that it gives a reader an insight into what terminologies like recidivism, re-adjudication, and community based intervention mean with regard to reducing adolescent oppositional and conduct disorders. The design was experimental in the sense that it used The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) to measure behavioral problems and social competencies of children as reported by their parents. The parents are reported to have completed the CBCL by themselves. The CBCL integrates 118 items related to behavior problems that are witnessed among the adolescents aged between 12-17 years old. It also involved the use of Parent and Adolescent Readiness Scales (PRS) that contains 32 Likert questions. The questions have a single factor, one-dimensional scale which is a continuous ratio level measurement (Warr, 2005). The study design also involves the use of statistical analysis especially in PRS measurements.

Operational definition

In order to determine the effects of Parenting with Love Limits (PLL) group therapy program on parent-adolescent relationship, the study gives the operational definition of PLL as a manually structured strategic program used to provide group and family therapy for delinquent adolescents and their parents.

Inductive logic

Adolescents who are hardly supervised by their parents, are rejected, are harshly and inconsistently punished, or are subjected to poor parenting tend to develop oppositional and conduct disorders.

Deductive logic

Parents believe that their adolescents are to blame for their delinquent behaviors hence their lack of enthusiasm when it comes to participating in family-based interventions for delinquent youths.

Qualitative or quantitative design

The research study is quantitative in design because the statistical data is presented in tabulations. This is evident in Table 2 where treatment and control conditions of participants are compared. The research study's findings are also conclusive and descriptive in nature. The findings are used to recommend final course of action with regard to norming the behaviors of the delinquent adolescents. The participants in this research study are also randomly chosen as opposed to qualitative research where respondents are selected to fill a given quota.


The study is conducted within Georgia's juvenile court system set up. It targets children with oppositional disorders or those who have been diagnosed with conduct disorder. Participants and their parents totaling 38 in number were randomly assigned…

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References List

Sells, S.P., Early, K.W. & Smith, T.E. (2011). Reducing Adolescent Oppositional and Conduct

Disorders: An Experimental Design Using the Parenting with Love and Limits Model. Professional Issues in Criminal Justice 6(3&4), 9-30.

Warr, M. (2005). Making delinquent friends: Adult supervision and children's affiliations.

Criminology, 43(1), 77 -- 106.

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