The purpose of my independent study is to perform an exploratory study of the Assessment, Intervention, and Transition Program at the Multanomah County Juvenile facility in Portland, Oregon. The AIT Program is a thirty day program that addresses the problems of gang-involved youth and other at-risk youth facing possible commitment to the adult court system. I began by researching other treatment programs for youth and correlated their evaluation with my evaluation of the AIT Program. This was done by elementary surveys, participant observation, and formal interviews. To my dismay, many of the treatment programs for youth in the United States have been unsuccessful. There is a lack of knowledge as to what works for juveniles. The Assessment, Intervention, andTransition Program is successful, however more emphasis may have been placed on recidivism. The results show a need for further research and I have proposed a research evaluation of the program.


Blair, Robert


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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