Youth and Case Manager Relationships: The Impact of Intensive Aftercare on Juvenile Recidivism

Joshua S. Meisel, Humboldt State University

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of youth and case manager relationships on recidivism. Prior research (Meisel 2001) has demonstrated that youth who participated in the Intensive Aftercare demonstration Project (Altschuler and Armstrong 1994) consistently reported more favorable impressions of their relationships with their case managers than youth in a control group. The present study was designed to determine whether the existence of positive relationships between committed youth and their case managers was associated with lower rates of recidivism compared with youth who did not report positive case manager relationships. A subgroup of 97 youth that were participating in an evaluation of the Intensive Aftercare Demonstration Prolject was included in this study. All of the youth were randomly assigned to either treatment (received IAP services) or control conditions.

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