New Measures for Assessing Perceptions of Justice System Involvement

Jeffrey Fagan, Columbia University

The perceptions of adolescents about the likely impact and fairness of their involvement in the justice system may have considerable impat on the effectiveness of interventions with serious adolescent offenders. Questions regarding perceptions of procedural justice and the costs/benefits of involvement in crime seem particularly relevant to developing an understanding of how adolescents react to sanctions and interventions that might occur to them as the result of juvenile and criminal justice involvement. This study developed several measures of these two constructs in an effort to tap the potential impact of these perceptions on later community adjustment. The logic behind these measures and initial findings regarding the psychometric properties of these instruments will be reported.

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Updated 05/20/2006