Olivia A. Hervey, Alexia Catherine Montino


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



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Trauma among juveniles is a prevalent issue within the juvenile justice system. Juvenile diversion programs may play a role in addressing this trauma. However, juvenile diversion programs use different therapeutic approaches raising questions as to how they might identify trauma. The current study aimed to understand how professionals within a Midwestern juvenile diversion program believe they identify trauma amongst their clients. Using a phenomenological approach, four semi-structured interviews using purposive non-probability sampling were conducted. The analyses included transcribing the interviews verbatim, memoing, initial coding, categories, and thematic analyses. An inter-rater reliability check is performed through a comparison of categories between interviews and the two interviewers. Preliminary results indicate that staff within the diversion program relies heavily on assessment tools to assist with the trauma identification but have not established an internal check within the program. A discussion of these results, implications, limitations and future directions will be discussed.

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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

Using Phenomenology to Explore Trauma Identification within a Midwestern Juvenile Diversion Program