Impact of Brief Intervention Services on Drug-Using Truant Youths' Self-Reported Delinquency and Arrest Charges: A Longitudinal Study Article

Dembo, R, Schmeidler, J, Wareham, J et al. (2016). Impact of Brief Intervention Services on Drug-Using Truant Youths' Self-Reported Delinquency and Arrest Charges: A Longitudinal Study . 25(5), 458-479. 10.1080/1067828X.2015.1103344

cited authors

  • Dembo, R; Schmeidler, J; Wareham, J; Briones-Robinson, R; Winters, KC; Ungaro, R

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abstract

  • The issue of delinquency among truant youths is insufficiently documented in the literature. There is a need to elucidate this issue, and assess the efficacy of interventions to reduce this problem behavior. The present National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded study addressed this gap by examining the impact of a Brief Intervention (BI), originally designed to address youth substance use, on their delinquent behavior over an 18-month follow-up period (for self-reported delinquency) and a 24-month follow-up period (for official record delinquency). A number of significant BI intervention effects with sizable effect sizes were found, as well as a number of marginally significant BI effects. In particular, significant reductions in arrest charges at 24-month follow-up for youths receiving BI services compared to controls were among the key findings of this study. Service delivery implications and directions for future analyses are discussed.

publication date

  • September 2, 2016

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start page

  • 458

end page

  • 479

volume

  • 25

issue

  • 5