Perceptions of institutional experience and community outcomes for serious adolescent offenders

Carol A. Schubert, Edward P. Mulvey, Thomas A. Loughran, Sandra Losoya

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Social scientists have long recognized that individual experiences in particular settings shape behavior, and as a result, many service sectors regularly evaluate client perceptions. This is not the case in the juvenile justice system. Using a sample of 519 serious juvenile offenders (92% male, ethnically diverse) from two sites, this study evaluated the impact of youth perceptions along eight dimensions of an institutional experience on recidivism following release, with recidivism measured as self-reported antisocial activity, rearrest, or a return to a facility. The authors demonstrated that more positive perceptions within and across dimensions of the juvenile setting reduce involvement in the outcomes assessed, even after controlling for individual characteristics and facility type. Implications for juvenile justice practice and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-93
Number of pages23
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • environment
  • juvenile justice
  • outcomes
  • recidivism
  • youth perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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