Supervision and Service Delivery in the IAP Initiative: How Intense Has the Intensive Experience Been?

Troy Armstrong, California State University - Sacramento

During the assessment phase of the IAP research and development project it was ascertained on the basis of prior research that certain dynamic risk-related need factors were prominent in the profiles of serious juvenile offenders in confinement and were clearly correlated with patterns of chronic recidivism in this population. Especially pronounced was a set of factors including substance abuse and dependency, family conflict and dysfunction, school disruption, and negative peer influence. Further, existing research indicated that if delinquency remediation and long-term, positive normalization of behavior are to be achieved, these key areas of difficulty must be precisely and adequately addressed. The intent of the IAP model from a comprehensive intervention perspective, i.e., one incorporating elements of both social control and treatment, was to provide a balance, or mix, of strategies to reduce the level of reoffending behavior. Through the imposition of a highly structured framework of social control and surveillance it was hoped that sufficient time could be bought to stabilize and begin working with these youth upon return to the community in rehabilitative fashion. This paper examines the extent to which and the intensity with which (duration and dosage) serves and treatment relevant for responding to specifried problem behaviors were delivered to the experimental group in the project as opposed to yuth in the control group..

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