Field Research in Juvenile Justice Settings

Michael G. Vaughn, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Jeffrey J. Shook

in Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199782857
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949663 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Field Research in Juvenile Justice Settings

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Many opportunities exist for scholars to conduct research in juvenile justice settings including pathway studies of arrest and system entry, characteristics of juveniles, law enforcement-juvenile relations, individual change in incarcerated settings (state and local), system changes and courts, and aftercare or reentry back to the community. Despite the need for these, and other, types of studies in juvenile justice settings, there are many challenges to conducting research in the juvenile justice system. This chapter explores these challenges and suggests a number of insights and solutions to research problems that often arise in juvenile justice settings including how to gain and maintain IRB approval, how to manage a project across multiple agencies, courts, and institutions, and how to maintain relationships with key stakeholders. Furthermore, issues related to planning a research project in juvenile justice settings, including research designs, assessment and measurement, recruitment, and retention, are discussed.

Keywords: juvenile justice; field research; human subjects; juvenile offenders; incarcerated settings

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