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Article: Criminal recidivism among Hong Kong male juvenile probationers

TitleCriminal recidivism among Hong Kong male juvenile probationers
Authors
KeywordsHong kong chinese
Juvenile offenders
Probationers
Recidivism
Risk factors
Issue Date2012
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1062-1024
Citation
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2012, v. 21 n. 5, p. 857-868 How to Cite?
AbstractHong Kong juvenile probationers are scarcely studied. The purpose of this study was to explore the 6-month short-term recidivism rate of 92 male juvenile probationers (aged 14-20 years), with and without controlling for their index crime. Generally, 30% of the juveniles reoffended within the 6-month follow-up period (82 and 18% were adjudicated of a nonviolent and violent offense respectively). Eight personality and psychosocial properties (self-esteem, life satisfaction, social bond, positive and negative affect, impulsivity, pro-offending attitudes, and self-perceived life problems) were assessed in both Wave 1 and Wave 2 periods. Only three properties (negative affect, self-perceived life problems, and self-esteem) yielded significant changes within the 6-month period. Beyond the exploratory analyses, another aim of this study was to identify significant predictors of recidivism in these rarely sampled juvenile probationers. Results indicated that type of crime, onset age of delinquent behavior, frequency of delinquency involvement in the past year, social bond, negative affect, impulsivity, and pro-offending attitudes were significant risk factors for recidivism. These findings highlight the need for social workers and other youth justice personnel to prioritize the intervention resources for juvenile probationers in light of the high estimated lifetime cost of crime for young offenders. Cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities with emphases on family functioning and problem-solving strategies were found to be an effective intervention approach for juvenile offenders. Limitations and future research directions are discussed. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172271
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.802
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.549
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dc.contributor.authorChui, WHen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, HCOen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:21:05Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:21:05Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Child and Family Studies, 2012, v. 21 n. 5, p. 857-868en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1024en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172271-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong juvenile probationers are scarcely studied. The purpose of this study was to explore the 6-month short-term recidivism rate of 92 male juvenile probationers (aged 14-20 years), with and without controlling for their index crime. Generally, 30% of the juveniles reoffended within the 6-month follow-up period (82 and 18% were adjudicated of a nonviolent and violent offense respectively). Eight personality and psychosocial properties (self-esteem, life satisfaction, social bond, positive and negative affect, impulsivity, pro-offending attitudes, and self-perceived life problems) were assessed in both Wave 1 and Wave 2 periods. Only three properties (negative affect, self-perceived life problems, and self-esteem) yielded significant changes within the 6-month period. Beyond the exploratory analyses, another aim of this study was to identify significant predictors of recidivism in these rarely sampled juvenile probationers. Results indicated that type of crime, onset age of delinquent behavior, frequency of delinquency involvement in the past year, social bond, negative affect, impulsivity, and pro-offending attitudes were significant risk factors for recidivism. These findings highlight the need for social workers and other youth justice personnel to prioritize the intervention resources for juvenile probationers in light of the high estimated lifetime cost of crime for young offenders. Cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities with emphases on family functioning and problem-solving strategies were found to be an effective intervention approach for juvenile offenders. Limitations and future research directions are discussed. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1062-1024en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Child and Family Studiesen_US
dc.rightsThe original publication is available at www.springerlink.com-
dc.subjectHong kong chineseen_US
dc.subjectJuvenile offendersen_US
dc.subjectProbationersen_US
dc.subjectRecidivismen_US
dc.subjectRisk factorsen_US
dc.titleCriminal recidivism among Hong Kong male juvenile probationersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChui, WH: ericchui@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10826-011-9546-0en_US
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