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My Life Mentoring
Program Summary: This individual and group mentoring intervention was designed to improve transition outcomes for foster youth by increasing their self-determination skills. The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences between program participants and the comparison group in number of arrests or convictions, charge severity, range of punitive system involvement, comprehensive criminal justice involvement, delinquency, dropping out of high school, or homelessness.
Family-based Treatment for Adolescent Delinquency and Problem Behaviors
Practice Summary: In general family-based treatment practices consist of a wide range of interventions that are designed to change dysfunctional family patterns that contribute to the onset and maintenance of adolescent delinquency and other problem behaviors. This practice is rated Effective for reducing recidivism, and Promising for reducing antisocial behavior and substance use, and improving psychological functioning and school performance.
Family Centered Treatment
Program Summary: This is a short-term, family-based program, which is designed to reduce out-of-home placements for juvenile justice-involved youth. The program is rated Promising. Youth who received Family Centered Treatment were less likely to experience future conviction or incarceration in either the juvenile or adult justice systems, compared with youth who were placed in a group home.
Geographically Focused Policing Initiatives
Practice Summary: Geographically focused policing initiatives increase the presence and visibility of police officers at specific high-crime locations to significantly reduce crime and disorder. This practice is rated Promising for reducing crime in treatment areas relative to control areas.
Day Reporting Centers
Practice Summary: This practice uses day reporting centers, which are nonresidential multiservice centers, to facilitate parolees’ reintegration back into the community through a combination of services and supervision. This practice is rated No Effects for reducing criminal recidivism among adult offenders.
Couples Coping Enhancement Training (Switzerland)
Program Summary: This is a marital distress-prevention program designed to encourage positive parenting by teaching couples how to cope with stress. This program is rated Promising. Participating couples reported statistically significant improvements in their perception of the quality of the relationship, coping with stress as a couple, and communication, compared with control group couples, at the 1-year follow up. However, there were no significant differences between groups in improving parenting.
Be BOLD Yoga for High-Risk Adolescents
Program Summary: This is a mindfulness-based yoga program intended to reduce substance use (and the subsequent negative effects of use) for adolescents at high risk of dropping out of school. The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences in measures of substance use, self-regulation, mood, mindfulness, or coping skills for youth who participated in the program, compared with the control group youth.
After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT)
Program Summary: This is a behavioral parent-training program designed specifically for military families with school-aged children. The program is rated No Effects. ADAPT children reported fewer school problems and ADAPT parents demonstrated more positive involvement and problem-solving skills, compared with the control group. However, there were no statistically significant differences in measures of child loneliness and adaptive skills, parental discipline, skill encouragement, or monitoring.
Arches Transformative Mentoring Program
Program Summary: This is a group mentoring program that seeks to reduce recidivism of youth on probation in New York City, using an interactive journaling curriculum based on cognitive-behavioral principles. The program is rated No Effects. Program participants showed a statistically significant reduction in felony reconvictions, compared with comparison group youth at 24 months; however, there were no statistically significant differences on arrests, felony arrests, or reconvictions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anger-Related Problems in Children and Adolescents
Practice Summary: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a problem-focused, therapeutic approach that attempts to help people identify and change dysfunctional beliefs, thoughts, and patterns that contribute to their problem behaviors. This variant of CBT focuses specifically on children and adolescents who have anger-related problems. The practice is rated Effective for reducing aggression and anger expression, and improving self-control, problem-solving, and social competencies.