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Juvenile Justice: Individualized and Group Treatment

Explain the differences in the techniques and strategies used for juvenile delinquents in individualized treatment and those in group treatment. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Subtle and major differences exist between programs that employ individualized and group treatment strategies for juvenile delinquents within the juvenile justice system. I will first explain the use of individualized treatment then focus on the group treatment with the conclusion delineating between the differences of both.

Individualized treatment attempts to account for the youths' personality traits or disposition to criminal behavior and applies a youth assistance worker typically juvenile probation officers to supervise the youth's individual treatment. Different techniques are employed in an attempt to facilitate an individual plan that allows for the youth to recognize the error in their behavior, including but not limited to victim apology letters, individual counseling, writing essays on the problem or community service (Kelley, Kennedy, & Homant, 2003).

The caveat to this form of treatment is that the youth receives monthly intervention from their youth assistance counselors to encourage and monitor their progress toward achieving the goals set forth and agreed upon in the treatment contract that the youth signs. This contract is a voluntary contract that provides a basis for the treatment plan that the youths attempt to ...

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Differences in treatment of juvenile delinquents in groups and individuals is given in this 726 word response, which also covers the pros and cons of each strategy. References are also included.