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Unformatted text preview: O bje c t 1 Intervening with Peer Relationships Hello. Thanks for being with me today. During this last lesson, we will examine how the principles of effective correctional intervention are applied to one of the primary risk domains -- the delinquent peer group. I chose to address this issue because of its inherent complexity; agencies really struggle with how to effectively intervene with issues surrounding offenders peers. Given the prominence of the peer group in the life of adolescents, I will focus our discussion on juvenile offenders. Many of the same issues, however, are also applicable to adult offenders. What do we know about peers and delinquency? Well, we know that delinquency occurs most often within a group context. Studies show that 62-93 percent of delinquent acts occur in group settings. Delinquency that occurs in a group context typically involves little planning or forethought. For example, a study by Gold revealed that 79 percent of the group-based offenses kids self-reported were conceived of less than hour before thy occurred. This finding suggests that motivation to engage in delinquency occurs after the group is assembled and as a consequence of group interaction. Gold refers to this phenomenon as a contagious assembled and as a consequence of group interaction....
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- Fall '08