Psychology and the juvenile justice system

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In recent years psychology has applied its accumulated knowledge to broad problems affecting all levels of society. Some of the contributions of American psychology to the well-being of children under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system are described. Important areas for further research, theory building, and program development are highlighted. It is suggested that psychology's greatest potential for contributions to the juvenile justice system and to the welfare and well-being of children and youth is through the continued use of psychological theories, research and evaluation data, and techniques of service delivery based on psychological principles in the development of public policies. (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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