Mara Joan Niccoli, Rachel Elizabeth Recker


Presentation: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Kennedy Union 312



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Parents of adjudicated juveniles face numerous issues while attempting to maintain communication with youth offenders in treatment facilities. The current study seeks to highlight the various barriers these parents endure. Although previous research has uncovered some of these limitations by analyzing juvenile offenders through surveys and observations, little has been examined from the perspective of the parents. Understanding the parents' experiences of barriers or challenges in their attempt to communicate with their adjudicated children has the potential for contact changes within juvenile correctional settings. A convenience sample of 90 parents of adjudicated male juveniles in a treatment facility was surveyed to examine their experiences in maintaining contact. Results suggest that there are a variety of difficulties that inhibit communication between youth offenders and their parents within treatment centers. Parents reported that work, health, transportation, issues within the treatment center, family, money, and other reasons impair their ability to communicate with their child. Of all responses, work was reported the most as being a limitation. These findings support the notion that there are deterrents concerning communication among parents and youth offenders within treatment centers, and further research must be conducted.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Susybel R. Kallsen

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

Analyzing Connection Barriers Among Parents and Adjudicated Juveniles in a Midwestern Treatment Center