Volume 5, Issue 1 • Spring 2016

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Trauma-Informed Collaborations Among Juvenile Justice and Other Child-Serving Systems: An Update

Looking Forward: A Research and Policy Agenda for Creating Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems

Psychosocial Interventions for Traumatized Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Research, Evidence Base, and Clinical/Legal Challenges

Acute and Chronic Effects of Substance Use as Predictors of Criminal Offense Types Among Juvenile Offenders

Examining the Influence of Ethnic/Racial Socialization on Aggressive Behaviors Among Juvenile Offenders

Assessing Probation Officers' Knowledge of Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Study

Gender and Adolescents’ Risk for Recidivism in Truancy Court

Editor's Note

Journal of Juvenile Justice Cover

We are pleased to present the 9th Journal of Juvenile Justice (JOJJ). The first part of this issue explores the impact trauma has on children and adolescents, as well as the importance of a trauma-informed juvenile justice system. Olafson and colleagues discuss collaborative efforts among those working on the front lines in juvenile justice, child welfare, schools, and mental health to help at-risk youth who are experiencing trauma-related behavioral and psychological problems. The authors also identify tools, such as cross-system, specialized trauma training, that have resulted in positive outcomes in the rehabilitation of traumatized youth.

Although the results of these collaborations have been promising, a key challenge is the lack of consensus on exactly what a trauma-informed justice system should entail. To answer this question, Dierkhising and Branson outline a research and policy agenda comprising four core domains of a trauma-informed juvenile justice system: (1) screening, assessment, and intervention; (2) workforce development; (3) vulnerable populations; and (4) system reform. With these essential elements as a foundation, researchers and those in the field can further identify common language and goals.

In the article by Ford and colleagues, the authors focus on the psychosocial aspect of juvenile delinquency and the development and implementation of psychosocial interventions for traumatized youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.

In addition to these featured articles, this issue also includes studies on the relationship between acute and chronic effects of alcohol and drug use and offense type among juvenile offenders;, the effect of ethnic/racial socialization on recent aggressive behaviors; gender and the risk for recidivism in truancy court; and a pilot study of an instrument to assess the probation officer’s knowledge of youth with intellectual disabilities.

We are interested in your feedback on the issue and encourage you to consider publishing your research in the JOJJ. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Manuscripts for the 10th and 11th issues slated to be published in fall 2016 and spring 2017, respectively, are currently being accepted. We look forward to hearing from you.


Patricia San Antonio, PhD
Editor in Chief, JOJJ


Editor in Chief:
Patricia San Antonio, PhD

Managing Editor:
Margaret Bowen

Associate Editors:
Hunter Barrat
Maria Macapagal

Deputy Editors and e-publishing:
Kimberly Field
Stephen Constantinides

Advisory Board:
Janet Chiancone
Catherine Doyle
Brecht Donoghue

Editorial Office:
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Arlington, VA 22203
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ISSN: 2153-8026

Peer Reviewers

Dr. Binta Alleyne-Green

Fordham University

Dr.  James Barratt

Cambridge Health Alliance

Dr. Linda Baum

Regent University

Dr. Darren Beneby

Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Adam Brown

University of Chicago

Mr. Chris Burton

Texas Youth Commission

Dr. Katarzyna Celinska

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Shannon Chaplo

University of Utah

Dr. Kristina Childs

University of Central Florida

Dr. Marion Cockey

Towson University

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department

Ms. Elizabeth D’Amico

Connecticut Juvenile Training School

Dr. Stephanie Ellis

Marymount University

Dr. Alexandra Fisher

The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Sonja Frison

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Brian Konecky

Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms.  Ashley Mayworm

University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Monica Robbers

Marymount University

Dr. Laure Ann Swearingen

Mercy Behavioral Health

Ms. Savannah Weil

Joseph J. Peters Institute

Dr. Susan Williams

Kansas State University


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