Volume 3, Issue 2 • Spring 2014

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in the Lives of Juvenile Offenders

Effectiveness of Multisystemic Therapy for Minority Youth: Outcomes Over 8 Years in Los Angeles County

Personal and Anticipated Strain Among Youth: A Longitudinal Analysis of Delinquency

Evaluation of a Program Designed to Promote Positive Police and Youth Interactions

Implications of Self-Reported Levels of Hope in Latino and Latina Youth on Probation

Commentary: Do Youth Mentoring Programs Work? A Review of the Empirical Literature

Editor's Note

Journal of Juvenile Justice Cover

We are pleased to present the sixth JOJJ. In this issue, two studies examine gender differences in delinquency among minority youth but focus on different pathways to delinquency. One study highlights Multisystemic Therapy (MST) in a community-based delinquency intervention program, while the other models personal and anticipated strain as precursors to delinquency. Results from the program implementing MST showed no gender differences in delinquency levels at program completion—both males and females were positively affected by the program. Echoing previous studies on strain and delinquency, results from the study on strain variables indicated that males are more likely than females to see strain as a precursor to delinquency. What was particularly interesting about this study was that anticipated strain had a stronger effect on delinquency than experiences of personal strain.

This issue also includes a study on the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) among juvenile offenders. Results indicate that these offenders have much higher rates of ACE than expected, which again draws attention to the importance of screening and treating children exposed to violence and other trauma.

We invite your feedback on these articles and hope you will consider publishing your research in JOJJ. We accept submissions on a rolling basis. Currently we are reviewing manuscripts for our seventh and eighth issues, which will be published in the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015, respectively. We look forward to hearing from you.

Monica L.P. Robbers, PhD
Editor in Chief, JOJJ


Editor in Chief:
Monica L.P. Robbers, PhD

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:
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Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-312-5220
Fax: 703-312-5230

Journal website:
ISSN: 2153-8026

Peer Reviewers

Dr. Alexandra Lamari Fisher
The University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Lisa Arieta Hayes
San Jose State University

Dr. Tammy Garland
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Hoan N. Bui
University of Tennes
see, Knoxville

Dr. William Wesley Patton
Whittier Law School

Dr. Stephanie Ellis
Marymount University

Dr. Karen Abram
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Adele Solazzo
6th Circuit Court of Florida

Ms. Frances Curtis Frazier
WomensWorkfcf, Inc.

Prof. Thomas E. Keller
Portland State University

Mr. Darren Beneby
Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Patricia Dahl
Washburn University

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

Dr. Lauren Abramson
Community Conferencing Center

Dr. Sonja Frison

Ms. Donna V. Millar
Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice

Dr. Lauren L. Josephs
Visionary Vanguard Group, Inc.

Prof. Allison Cuellar
George Mason University

Dr. Jeanette Boland Wyatt
Widener University

Prof. Xavier Henson
Grambling State University

Dr. Aisha Asby
Prairie View A&M University

Ms. Alice Heiserman
American Correctional Association

Dr. Tres Stefurak
University of South Alabama

Dr. Karen Ann Harden
Boys and Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles

Dr. Susan Reid
St. Thomas University

Ms. Karen Searcy Lovelace
Limestone College, South Carolina

Ms. Hosea Addison
Alabama Department of Youth Services

Dr. Stacy C. Moak
University of Arkansas Little Rock

Ms. Brandy N. Bynum
Action for Children NC

Dr. Sue Micetic
Arizona State University

Mr. Patrick M. Anderson
Chugachmiut, Inc.

Dr. Marta Maria Makarushka
Oregon Research Institute

Mr. Arturo Enriquez Jr.
University of Texas, San Antonio

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