An Exploratory Study of the Effects Family Stressors and Structure on Juvenile Justice Outcomes

Tricia Klosky, St. Mary's University of Minnesota

To date little research has included an analysis of how family stressors and structure compare with system factors in terms of their influence on juvenile justice processing. This study examines the effects of family stressors and structure on juvenile justice outcomes by using data collected from two different sources: poklice contact files and probation files. The final sample includes 338 cases from juveniles who had their first petition from 1995 to 1997. This exploratory study will examine: 1) which factors are relevant in determing juvenile case processing for different groups of juveniles; and 2) how those factors might suggest other types of sanctioning outcomes for those juveniles.

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