Children often are defined by the relationships they have with others—they are sons, daughters, cousins, grandchildren, students, or wards. These relationships are dynamic, and as children age they establish their identity and individuality independent of others. At the same time, children typically rely on others for guidance and support. The goal of a child's developmental process is to reach adulthood having the ability to act independently and responsibly in the context of established relationships such as the family. This is important to consider when selecting treatment approaches and providing treatment to juvenile offenders. In addition, it is important to consider the benefits and liabilities of involving the family or supportive adults in the treatment of juvenile offenders. Understanding how family can support or hinder the change process is an important consideration when treating juvenile offenders.
Explain the role and importance of family in the treatment of juvenile offenders. Be specific. Use examples
Treatment of Juvenile Delinquents: Role of Family
Juvenile delinquents according to Stoddard (2005), "Juvenile delinquency continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States. Implications of this national concern include school dropout, early incarceration, increased likelihood of alcohol and other drug addictions, educational failure, negative peer interactions, and the onset of adult crime. Data trends indicate that juvenile arrests for violent crime will double by the year 2010. It is becoming clear that family and community factors play a significant role in influencing delinquent behavior." Stoddard's ideas in relation to juvenile arrests on violent crime appear to have had incredible foresight in relation to the statistics about violent juvenile crime that occurred from 2010 onwards. It is because of this that intervention from society at large, from the government and agencies that matter and from experts to impact and lower the numbers significant is important. For many experts (Stoddard, 2005), "Recognizing the important contribution of the family to reducing juvenile crime," is important. While the rates of efficacy vary, it is without a doubt having an impact in terms of fighting relapse and recidivism and reducing harm. In terms of treatment programs involving family Stoddard (2005) elucidates on the Family Solutions Program (FSP) which is , "a multiple family group (MFG) therapy intervention that brings together first-time juvenile offenders and their caregivers in an effort to reduce the likelihood of repeat offenses and to improve the ecology of the family system." putting ...
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