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Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS): A Comparison of Two Reentry Strategies for Drug Abusing Juvenile Offenders, 2003-2009 [United States] (ICPSR 30143)

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Despite progress in reducing crime, crime rates among juveniles, particularly non-white juveniles, remain high. A number of programs have been developed to address the process of reintegration into the community, known as aftercare, through resource efficiency, recidivism reduction, and public safety. This study attempts to evaluate the relative effectiveness of two strategies, extant aftercare services (AS) and Cognitive Restructuring (CR), in order to determine the differential effects on juveniles with varying problem profiles. Participants were randomly assigned between the two groups after a baseline face-to-face interview. They were then interviewed at three months, two weeks prior to completion of the treatment, and six months after the completion of the treatment. The two treatments were then compared for relative effectiveness and for relative quality of integration into the juvenile justice system.

Series: Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) Series

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Study Description


Jainchill, Nancy. Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS): A Comparison of Two Reentry Strategies for Drug Abusing Juvenile Offenders, 2003-2009 [United States]. ICPSR30143-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-20.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   community organizations, intervention strategies, juvenile crime, juvenile justice, juvenile recidivists, prisoner reentry, social reintergration, substance abuse, treatment compliance, treatment programs

Geographic Coverage:   Delaware, Florida, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2003--2009

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Juveniles in post-release reintegration.

Data Types:   experimental data


Study Purpose:   The purpose of this study is to determine the relative effectiveness of Cognitive Restructuring versus current aftercare services and their ability to structurally integrate with the current system.

Study Design:   Participants were given a face-to-face interview and randomly assigned to the two treatments. The first treatment utilized the more traditional aftercare services approach, while the second was the untested cognitive restructuring program. Participants were surveyed shortly before finishing treatment and then six months after the completion of treatment to test compliance and relative effectiveness.

Sample:   Sampling consists of randomized groups of eight assigned to the two treatments. Total size of the sample is 236, divided evenly between treatments.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview

Description of Variables:   The variables for the study are based on treatment records, session attendance and treatment progress, as well as CJ-DATS Core.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


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