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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Female juvenile delinquents-Family relationships, Female juvenile delinquents-Rehabilitation, Adolescent psychotherapy-Residential treatment, Adolescent psychotherapy-Parent participation, Parent and teenager, Juvenile detention homes, Adolescents, Family support, Juvenile justice, Juvenile delinquency


This article presents findings from a qualitative study exploring how family support affects adjudicated adolescent girls' experiences in a residential treatment facility. The perspectives of nine professionals working with this population were gathered using an online survey that collected demographic data and open-ended questions. Data analysis was conducted using a grounded theory method and ten themes were identified: support by biological relative, support by non-biological relative, appropriateness/effectiveness of treatment, dependent on behaviors, face-to-face contact, non-face-to-face contact, socioeconomic reasons, personal reasons, negative effect on behavior, and positive effect on behavior. Implications for practice are discussed, in addition to recommendations for future research.




iv, 51 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 43-45)