Schools can serve as a protective and risk factor for juvenile delinquency. School prevention programs can target social-emotional deficits and academic failure which are risk factors associated with juvenile delinquency. However, through zero tolerance policies and exclusionary discipline, schools are pushing youth away from education and toward the juvenile justice system. In order to address the complex factors leading to juvenile delinquency, interventions are examined through multi-tiered systems of supports. The presentation will provide information on the role of school psychologists and tools for preventing juvenile delinquency and supporting youth involved with the juvenile justice program to reduce recidivism.

 

Strand: F, Topic: 16, Level: I

Leah Benci-Woodward and Claudia Huerta, graduate students, Chapman University.