Parent and family involvement with youth in the tribal juvenile justice system
Perspectives from OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Initiative
McKay, T., Lindquist, C., Melton, AP., & Martinez, R. (2014). Parent and family involvement with youth in the tribal juvenile justice system: Perspectives from OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Initiative. RTI International.
Parenting and other aspects of family functioning are widely understood to shape youth outcomes in areas such as academic performance and juvenile delinquency. Less is known, however, about how parent and extended family involvement may influence outcomes for justice-involved youth in tribal communities. This brief explores the perspectives of youth, parents, program staff, and stakeholders involved with Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Demonstration (“Green Reentry”) programs in three tribes funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). We briefly review prior research and theory on parent involvement and youth academic and delinquency-related outcomes in tribal and mainstream U.S. contexts; describe the Green Reentry initiative; and present qualitative perspectives on how parent and family involvement shape outcomes among youth in tribal communities.