Volume 2, Issue 2 • Spring 2013

Table of Contents


Family-Focused Juvenile Reentry Services: A Quasi-Experimental Design Evaluation of Recidivism Outcomes

An Outcome-based Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for Youth with Behavioral Problems

One Family, One Judge Practice Effects on Children: Permanency Outcomes on Case Closure and Beyond

Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory and Court-Involved Adolescent Females: An Exploration of Parent-Child Relationships and Student-Teacher Relationships

Relating Resilience Factors and Decision Making in Two Groups of Underserved Adolescents: Implications for Intervention

An Examination of the Early “Strains” of Imprisonment Among Young Offenders Incarcerated for Serious Crimes


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Welcome to the fourth issue of the Journal of Juvenile Justice. For the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), this peer-reviewed journal provides a venue to engage the juvenile justice community in an ongoing dialogue about what works in juvenile justice and what is worth further examination or replication. Equally, we want to know what does not work and why, and encourage our partners in the field to test whether innovative programs and initiatives can improve on models already identified as evidence-based. Our goal is to ensure that sound theory underlies all our juvenile justice programming and that we continue to move the field forward by demonstrating how evidence can be successfully infused into policy and practice.

Before coming to OJJDP, I served as a trial lawyer at the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 27 years and as the chief of the Juvenile Unit for 16 years. It should come as little surprise that I bring to my job as OJJDP Administrator deep concerns about the daunting challenges that children who have entered the juvenile justice system face. If we are to help them successfully navigate the difficult process of growing up and become contributors to their communities, it is imperative that we examine the issues that hinder their potential and look to the latest science to discover how we can best help them.

In this issue, we continue to present articles that are informative and have practical application to those of us who work with youth. You will find articles on whether family-focused juvenile probation services effectively reduce recidivism, the strains on serious juvenile offenders adjusting to incarceration, and the one family, one judge model of decision making in juvenile dependency and delinquency cases. Because OJJDP has long recognized the need for research to understand how experiences at an early age can have wide-ranging effects on a child’s life, we have articles on the effects of parental and teacher rejection among courtinvolved adolescent females, an evaluation of the impact of Functional Family Therapy on the behavior of at-risk youth, and resiliency factors and decision making among underserved youth.

One of the key components of OJJDP’s mission is the development and dissemination of knowledge garnered through research and evaluation. Our goal is to foster intelligent discussion on how to prevent juvenile delinquency and victimization and improve the juvenile justice system. We are interested in hearing from our readers about what you would like to see in future issues of this journal, and of course, if you are a researcher, we are very interested in your manuscripts.

As I begin my leadership at OJJDP, I look forward to a long and rewarding conversation on matters of juvenile justice—a conversation fueled in part by the ideas and knowledge shared in this journal. I encourage your involvement and contributions.

Robert L. Listenbee
Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


Editor in Chief:
Monica L.P. Robbers, Ph.D.

Associate Editors:
Eve Shapiro

Margaret Bowen

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. Sandra L. Miller-Jones,
Kent State University

Dr. Michael T. Baglivio,
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Dr. Dori Barnett,
Orange County Department of Education, California

Dr. Lauren Abramson,
Community Conferencing Center, Maryland
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Ms. Willa Farrell,
Office of the Attorney General, State of Vermont

Dr. James Jackson,
Howard University

Dr. Elizabeth Bonham,
University of Southern Indiana

Daniel Hawks,
County of Tuolumne, California

Joanne Hobbs,
Catalyst for Youth Executive Director, California

Katarzyna Celinska,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Judith Davis,
Advanced Learning Concepts, LLC, Wisconsin

Dr. Thomas Michael Kelley,
Wayne State University

Dr. Carl Dunst,
The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, North Carolina

Dr. Miquel Lewis,
Cook County Juvenile Probation Department

Dr. Jerry Miller,
University of South Florida

Paul Gerard Anderson,
Independent Consultant

Nigel J. Cohen,
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Dr. Alonzo DeCarlo,
Seton Hill University

Dr. Katy Hancock,
University of Central Florida

Dr. Jennifer W. Jencks,
Smith College, Rhode Island

Dr. Martha Michael,
Capital University, Ohio

Dr. Anne Nurse,
The College of Wooster

Dr. Vajra Watson,
University of California, Davis

Ms. Lori Brown,
Independent Consultant

Dr. Kristi Holsinger,
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Kim M. Marino,
Iona College, New York

Dr. Patricia Dahl,
Washburn University, Kansas

Dr. Tina L. Freiburger,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Margaret Leigey,
The College of New Jersey

Ms. Jolene Menold,
Independent Consultant

Mr. Dale Davis,
Rochester RR, New York

Dr. Jennifer Lynn-Whaley,
Berkeley Law at the University of California

Dr. Susan Reid,
St. Thomas University, New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Sonia Alemagno,
Kent State University

Mr. Glen E. McKenzie Jr.,
American Correctional Association

Dr. G.H.P (Peer) van der Helm,
Leiden University of Applied Sciences
Amsterdam University (researcher)
Schakenbosch, Secure Residential Youthcare (researcher)

Dr. Sarah Crawford,
Independent Consultant

Mrs. Patrice McCracken,
Communication Improvement Services, Ohio

Mr. Bennie Medlin,
Tarrant County Juvenile Services, Texas

Dr. Andrew J. Harris,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dr. Jacob Z. Hess,
Utah Youth Village

Dr. Sherry A. Moyer,
The University of Toledo

Dr. Michael S. Ito,
Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center, Virginia

Dr. Hoan N. Bui,
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Marion Cockey,
Towson University

Dr. Alison Cuellar,
George Mason University

Dr. John Burrow,
Currell College, South Carolina

Dr. Stephanie DiPietro,
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dr. Michael O. Johnston,
Buena Vista University,
William Penn University, and
Iowa State University

Dr. Patrick Burke,
Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) and Family and Juvenile Courts

Dr. Susan Carter,
National Indian Youth Leadership Project, New Mexico

Dr. Pamela Linden,
SUNY Stony Brook

Dr. Hasti Barahmand,
Florida’s Children First

Dr. Kathleen M. Heide,
University of South Florida

Dr. Ann O'Neill,
Angelhands, Western Australia

Ms. Cathy M. Weiss,
Stoneleigh Foundation, Pennsylvania

Ms. Susan Cruz,
Sin Fronteras, California

Dr. Karen Lovelace,
Limestone College, South Carolina

Dr. Laure A. Swearingen,
Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania

Dr. Binta D. Alleyne-Green,
Fordham University

Dr. Lori Bradbury-Robinson,
Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center

Dr. Henry R. Cellini,
University of Nevada, Reno
The Training and Research Institute, Inc. (TRI)

Dr. Joseph J. Cocozza,
Policy Research Associates, Inc., New York

Dr. Heather Harcourt,
Connections For Families, Colorado

Dr. Amy Garbrecht,
Butler County Juvenile Rehab, Ohio

Dr. Milisav (Mike) Ilic,
The Corona-Norco Unified School District, California

Dr. Patricia K. Kerig,
The University Of Utah

Dr. Kristin Ferguson-Colvin,
Hunter College of the City University of New York

Dr. Kathleen Hart,
Xavier University

Dr. Nancy Rappaport,
Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance

Dr. Amy Saltzman,
Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC)

Dr. Deborah Schiavone,
Private Practice, Virginia

Dr. John Gary Crawford,
Kesher-a-Kesher, Inc., Pennsylvania

Dr. Sandra Davie,
Independent Consultant

Dr. Lisa Lunghofer,
MANILA Consulting, Inc., Virginia

Dr. Ashley Mayworm,
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Sarah Cusworth Walker,
University of Washington

Dr. Leslie Swanson,
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Dr. Shelly Jackson,
University of Virginia

Dr. Anne Kugler,
AS220 Youth Director

Dr. Cheryl Mills,
Southern University at New Orleans

Dr. Shannon E. Myrick,
Portland State University

Maj. Thomas D. Perks,
Salvation Army – Massachusetts, Ohio

Dr. Lisa Rapp-Paglicci,
University of South Florida

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