Volume 1, Issue 2 • Spring 2012

Table of Contents


General Strain Predictors of Arrest History Among Homeless Youths from Four United States Cities

Students’ Perceptions of School Learning Climate in a Rural Juvenile Detention Educational Facility

Transitions of Truants: Community Truancy Board as a Turning Point in the Lives of Adolescents

Family Warmth and Delinquency among Mexican American and White Youth: Detailing the Causal Variables

Polygraph Testing for Juveniles in Treatment for Sexual Behavior Problems: An Exploratory Study

The 10-Question Tool: A Novel Screening Instrument for Runaway Youth

Applying a Developmental Lens to Juvenile Reentry and Reintegration

Commentary: Assessing Client Outcomes in Youth Justice Services: Current Status and Future Directions


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As I begin my tenure as the Acting Administrator at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), one of my top priorities is to ensure that our partners in the field have ready access to the latest juvenile justice research and evaluation findings. Consequently, I am pleased to present the second issue of the Journal of Juvenile Justice (JOJJ)—OJJDP’s online peer-reviewed journal. I am particularly pleased to note that the intended audience for JOJJ is both practitioners and researchers. Prior to coming to OJJDP, I spent more than 16 years as a deputy county attorney prosecuting child abuse, sexual assault, and homicide cases. I know firsthand the importance—and the challenges—of getting this type of valuable information to professionals in the field.

The articles in the Spring 2012 issue of JOJJ are informative and have practical applications. They examine topics of interest to many of us concerned with juvenile justice, such as school learning in a rural juvenile detention facility, arrest histories among homeless youth, and juvenile reentry and reintegration. In many cases, these articles will have an immediate and direct application to juvenile justice professionals and service providers. Studies such as the evaluation of a Community Truancy Board in Spokane, Washington, may have policy and practice implications for juvenile courts in communities across the country. Similarly, the development of a 10-question tool for law enforcement to screen runaway youth about issues related to their safety may help police refer teens to the services they need. This is vital information from research that is of greatest use when it is placed in the hands of those who need it.

As Jeff Slowikowski and Brecht Donoghue noted in JOJJ’s inaugural issue, OJJDP has a mission to develop and disseminate knowledge about what works to prevent juvenile delinquency and victimization and improve the juvenile justice system. We hope that by elevating and promoting the knowledge acquired through OJJDP-sponsored and other research that it will gain national attention and inform thoughtful discussions about how we can best meet the diverse needs of our country’s youth.

As you read JOJJ, consider sharing your feedback, and let us know what other topics you would like us to address in the future. If you are a researcher, we are interested in your manuscripts. This and future issues of the Journal of Juvenile Justice are the beginning of an important conversation with the juvenile justice community. I very much look forward to our exchange.

Melodee Hanes
Acting Administrator


Editor in Chief:
Monica L.P. Robbers, Ph.D.
mrobbers@csrincorporated.com; mrobbers@marymount.edu

Associate Editor:
Eve Shapiro

Deputy Editors and e-publishing:
Kimberly G. Taylor
Stephen Constantinides

Advisory Board:
Janet Chiancone
Catherine Doyle
Brecht Donoghue

Editorial Office:
CSR Incorporated
2107 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-312-5220
Fax: 703-312-5230

Journal website:
ISSN: 2153-8026

Peer Reviewers

Dr. Matt Hiller, Temple University
Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Arizona State University
Ms. Willa Farrell, Office of the Attorney General of Vermont
Ms. Nancy Fishman, New York State Courts
Dr. Holly Hills, University of South Florida
Dr. Stephanie Ellis, Marymount University
Dr. Phillip Harris, Temple University
Dr. Katherine Courtney, State of New Mexico Government
Dr. Jennifer Fratello, Vera Institute
Dr. Stephen Cureton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Dr. Zachary Hamilton, University of Wisconsin
Ms. Jennifer Anderson, Childrens org, Minnesota
Dr. Christopher Mallet, Cleveland State University, Ohio
Dr. Jimmy Bell, Jackson State University, Mississippi
Dr. Charles Corley, University of Michigan
Mr. Michael Baglivio, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Mr. Dale Davis, Rochester RR, New York
Dr. Olivier (Heng) Choon Chan, City University of Hong Kong
Mr. Dori Barnett, California State K-12
Dr. Cris Burton, Texas Youth Authority
Ms. Danille Fields, Regents of Virginia
Dr. Mara Schiff, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Lauren Abramson, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
Dr. Emily Gerber, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Dr. Kathleen Hart, Xavier University
Ms. Anne Danneback, Missouri Court System
Dr. Audrey Hickett, University of Utah
Dr. Susan Chibnall, Manila Consulting, Virginia
Dr. Janet Davidson, University of Hawaii
Dr. Sami Abdel-Salem, University of Delaware
Ms. Joanne Hobbs, Catalyst for Youth, California
Dr. Carol Bonham, University Southern Indiana
Dr. Joan Abbey, University of Michigan
Ms. Shannon Trahore, Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Dr. Judith Davis, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Ms. Susan Davis, Capitol Region Education Council, Connecticut
Dr. Jerry Miller, University of South Florida
Dr. Scott Ronis, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Mr. Rick McElfresh, Office of the State Courts Administrator, Missouri
Dr. George Day, East Texas Baptist University
Dr. Steven Egger, University of Houston at Clear Lake
Ms. Janice Iwama, Justice Research and Statistics Association, Washington D.C.
Mr. Derek Fenner, Collaborative Organization, Massachusetts
Dr. Lauri Goldkind, Fordham University, New York.
Dr. Paul Anderson, University of Chicago, Illinois
Ms. Angela Irvine, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Dr. Sonia Frison, University of North Carolina, Greensboro



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