Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings

Paperback | May 30, 2012

byMichael G. Vaughn, Carrie Pettus-Davis, Jeffrey J. Shook

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There has been a surge of recent interest by social work researchers in conducting research in criminal and juvenile justice settings. This is largely fueled by the tremendous increase in incarceration over the last several decades, with millions more in probation or parole at any given time.Rising expenditures strain state and local budgets and many individuals are spending much of their adolescence and young adulthood in correctional facilities. Despite the profound impact that the criminal justice system has on client populations served by social workers and related professions,there are few practical resources available to guide research in these settings.This Pocket Guide fills a critical gap in the literature by providing state-of-the-art techniques for researchers, graduate students, and agency administrators. Research in criminal justice settings represents unique challenges that require rigorous designs and a suite of methods, as well as thetools to navigate a complex system. With this accessible and practical guide, readers will encounter a wide range of study types and data sources, along with strengths and weaknesses to consider with each as they conceptualize, implement, and analyze their research. Crucially, the authors alsoprovide advice on how to gain and manage access to these settings, as well as templates for preparing a successful Institutional Review Board application. Step-by-step procedures elucidate the use of extant and administrative data, and practical case examples, sample forms, and measures will helpresearchers implement their studies quickly and effectively.

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There has been a surge of recent interest by social work researchers in conducting research in criminal and juvenile justice settings. This is largely fueled by the tremendous increase in incarceration over the last several decades, with millions more in probation or parole at any given time.Rising expenditures strain state and local b...

Michael G. Vaughn, PhD, is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Saint Louis University. Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Jeffrey J. Shook, PhD, is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Field Research in Juvenile Justice Settings2. Using Extant Research on Juveniles3. Administrative Data on Juveniles4. Field Research with Adults in the Criminal Justice System5. Using Extant Research on Adults6. Administrative Data on AdultsAppendixStages of Formulating a Justice-Based Research Based ProjectFlow Chart of Juvenile and Criminal Justice System in the United StatesEssential Components in Human Subjects ApplicationsResourcesExcerpts from an Institutional Review Board StudyExcerpt from a Consent for a Trial of a Social Support InterventionNotesReferencesIndex