Juvenile reentry and aftercare interventions: is mentoring a promising direction?

ABRAMS Laura S., et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11(4), 2014, pp.404-422.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This study uses systematic review methods to investigate the use of mentoring programmes to assist young people in successfully transitioning back into their communities following a juvenile correctional placement. Few studies were found that used comparison or control groups and measured recidivism outcomes. The results of the studies were mixed, with one study finding no differences between groups, and the other two studies finding some recidivism reductions among youth who received the intervention. However, the absence of detailed information on the interventions, weak research designs, and the diversity of the mentoring programmes contributed to an overall dearth of knowledge about the effectiveness of these interventions in reducing recidivism. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
systematic reviews, mentoring, recidivists, young offenders, intervention, after care;
Content type:
systematic review
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