ESUBA: Juvenile Prevention Project

Karensa Pate, Florida State University
Laura E. Bedard, Florida State University
Dominique Roe, Florida State University

The authors of this study suggestion that childhood trauma including sexual victimization and family violence contribute to low self-esteem which leads to criminal behavior. There are few group prevention programs conducted with juvenile offenders dealing with past trauma experience and victimization linked with improving coping and decision making skills. This study will present results of a group intervention program provided to female juvenile offenders in a North Florida juvenile residential facility.

The presentation will consist of an overview of the ESUBA:ABUSE Prevention Project, the intervention and an analysis of the pre/post-test scores from the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC) and the Rosenberg Scale. The ESUBA: Juvenile Prevention Program was adapted from a structurec curriculum that has been used for over ten years with adult offenders in Florida prisons with promising results (Bedard, Pate, & Rose-Sepowitz, 2003).

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Updated 05/20/2006