A method for measuring organizational functioning in juvenile justice facilities using resident ratings


Journal Article

Institutional care is an enduring component of the continuum of care in the juvenile justice system, yet youth perceptions of the placement experience are often overlooked as a source of information about this practice. Little attention is paid to how institutional placements are received by youth as opposed to how they are conceived by the justice system. This article offers an empirically based framework for assessing organizational climate in facilities housing serious young offenders based on youth self-reports. The authors provide evidence that juvenile offenders can provide reliable and internally consistent ratings regarding several dimensions of an institution's environment, using straightforward and relatively easily administered instruments. This work lays the foundation for the development of methods for ongoing monitoring of juvenile justice facilities and the testing of whether aspects of the environments of these facilities affect the subsequent community adjustment of their residents. © 2010 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mulvey, EP; Schubert, CA; Odgers, CA

Published Date

  • October 6, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1255 - 1277

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3594

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-8548

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0093854810380186

Citation Source

  • Scopus