Evaluation of the Effects of Family Functional Therapy on Juvenile Delinquents in Various Court Ordered Placements
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The study evaluated the effects of Family Functional Therapy on the recidivism and criminality of juvenile delinquents who had completed 180 days in a residential treatment facility, youth prison, or boot camp. A total of 300 adjudicated male juveniles, ranging in age from 13 years to 17 years, were placed into six groups of 50 participants of varying socioeconomic status, race, educational level, and criminality. Participants were assigned to one of six groups dependent on which facility the court ordered placement, and whether the therapy component was used. Following completion of the respective placements, the group that did not receive the therapy component was monitored for 360 days to determine their recidivism rate. Those that received therapy were monitored for one year following completion of six weeks of Family Functional Therapy. The recidivism rates were then compared. If Family Functional Therapy was found to have a positive effect on recidivism, the added component could be used to increase the success of court ordered placements.