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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D. (Cermak Health Services)
Description: The book goes to great lengths to illustrate the relationship between trauma and juvenile delinquency.
Purpose: According to the editor, "the purpose of this volume is to focus attention on the role of trauma in juvenile delinquency by presenting the cutting edge in theory, research, and interventions, and to provide direction for further study." These are very worthy objectives, which the book meets.
Audience: The editor does not really say for whom the book is written. I believe the book is useful for graduate students and clinicians in the fields of psychology, social work, and criminal justice. The editor and contributors are credible authorities.
Features: The book covers theory, research, and interventions regarding trauma and juvenile delinquency. It is very readable and is chock full of research studies. The chapters on adolescent females are particularly enlightening. Dr. Greenwald, in the chapters he authors, shows the promising results of EMDR in treating traumatized adolescents.
Assessment: The book is good because it addresses the role of trauma in juvenile offenders. The research is current and treatment options are discussed. It shows the importance of dealing with underlying traumatic events before other conduct problems can be effectively treated. Juvenile delinquents are a very difficult population to treat, but this book can assist clinicians in their work.