Adolescents Towards Parents: An Evaluation of a Treatment Program

Sesha Kethineni, Illinois State University

Adolescent violence in the home represents a different, yet important, category of intrafamilial violence. Many of those families are often unnoticed by health professionals and other service providers. Early identification of the problem and providing intervention for those families are necessary to stop the increasing cycle of family violence. The study evaluates the effectiveness of a treatment program in preventing adolescent aggression towards family members. The program is designed for youths who display threatening or abusive behaviors specifically towards family members. Data include law enforcement and Juvenile Court Services referrals, dangerousness and communication skills inventories, family needs referral tracking sheets to various service providers, and client progress summaries for approximately 100 juveniles and 150 families.

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Updated 05/20/2006