Juveniles at Risk: Using a Trauma-Informed Care Model with 10- to 13-Year-Olds and Their Families to Reduce Violence and Improve Health
PROJECT SUMMARY: The proposed project is grounded in one of our emergent community needs. Youth ages 10-13 are being referred to the juvenile office in Boone County, Missouri, for various behavioral problems. However, due to their age and the nature of their offenses, these youths do not meet the criteria for juvenile office services. If their behaviors go untreated, there is a high likelihood that their behavioral problems will increase in frequency and severity over time, causing negative consequences in adulthood. This research project proposes to measure, through a randomized controlled trial, the effectiveness of a trauma-informed intervention for youth ages 10-13 who have contact with the juvenile office, and their families, who reside in Boone County, Missouri. Using a mixed-methods design, intervention effectiveness will be assessed by measuring mental health, physical health, family need, psychosocial factors, and anger management.
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- Clark Peters, PhD, JD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri, Columbia; additional appointments, Truman School of Public Affairs and School of Law
- Kelli Canada, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri, Columbia
- Rachel Jones, MEd, LPC, Director of Child Services, Central Region, Burrell Behavioral Health, Columbia, Missouri