Alberti Center Colloquium Series
Diversity of Childhood Adverse Experiences and Treatment Needs Among Court-Involved Youth
Juvenile crime and delinquency remains a serious problem in the United States, with approximately 1.5 million youth arrested annually. The juvenile justice system that responds to these youth is undergoing a sea change, in part because of emerging research about neurobiological development limitations of adolescents. Among current reforms is a pushback against using “one-size fits all” approaches to delinquency; however there is little guidance to practitioners about the diverse needs and backgrounds of youth. This study uses the adverse childhood experiences (“ACEs”) framework as a means of understanding delinquent and maladaptive behaviors within the context of the neurophysiological effects of accumulated trauma and adversity. We hypothesize the existence of subgroups among these youth on the basis of recognized ACE factors in conjunction with social disadvantage. Furthermore, these groups are hypothesized to differ on the basis of risk and resilience factors that may provide guidance for tailored interventions within the courts. This is a FREE event, but registration is required by September 17th.