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brief intervention for truant youth, truant youth delinquency-crime

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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.

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Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v. 25, issue 5, p. 458-479

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse on 12 May 2016, available online: