Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Edward Skarnulius

Second Advisor

Laura Boisen

Third Advisor

Betty Merritt


The purpose of this study was to determine the order of importance of components of juvenile correctional programming as ranked by adolescent females currently assigned to a probation officer in the juvenile correctional system. Twenty- two adjudicated adolescent females ranked in order of their perceived importance thirty-one components of correctional programming using a scale developed from components determined by the current literature to be important for gender specific programming for adolescent females . The results of the study were that subjects rated components addressing issues of physical safety, education, and vocation as being of primary importance. The subjects also stated that it was important, for them to maintain contact with family members while involved in programming. The study findings suggest that programs designed to meet the needs of adolescent females in the juvenile justice system be community-based, ensure the physical safety of the clients served, and focus on educational and vocational skills development.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Grogan.G

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