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33 J. Offender Rehab. xiii (2001)

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   Family Empowerment as an Intervention Strategy in Juvenile Delinquency. Pp. xiii-xv.
   Q 2001 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


   This volume is devoted to a Family Empowerment Intervention (FEI) for juve-
nile offenders and their families. Arrested youths processed at the Hillsborough
County  Juvenile Assessment  Center and their families were enrolled in this
voluntary project over a three-year period. The FEI was implemented as part of
a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded, Youth Support Project (YSP). The
YSP  was  an innovative, large-scale, experimental, prospective longitudinal
study, involving baseline and up to three follow-up interview data collection
waves  and recidivism  analyses. Families involved in the project were ran-
domly  assigned to one  of two groups:  (1) Extended Services  Intervention
(ESI) or the FEI group. ESI group families received monthly telephone con-
tacts from project research staff and, if indicated, referral information. FEI
families received personal, in-home services from project Field Consultants
who  worked  with assigned families on nine project goals. These goals are de-
scribed in the first article in this special issue, which reviews the conceptual
foundations and clinical practices of the FEL. A distinctive feature of the FEI
was that the FCs were not trained therapists-although they were trained by, and
performed  their work under the direction of, licensed clinicians. This feature
reduced  the cost of providing intervention services considerably. The major
hypothesis of the YSP was that empowering parents would reduce target youth
recidivism  and increase target youth prosocial behavior  and psychosocial
   In addition to discussing the goals of the FEI, the conceptual foundations
and clinical practices article presents the structural intervention strategies used
in working the FEI families; the phases of the intervention; engaging and mov-
ing families through the intervention to graduation; the role, and selection and
training of the FCs delivering the intervention; efforts to ensure the integrity of
intervention services; crisis intervention procedures; and staff and family

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