Building on Strength

William H. Barton and Jeffrey A. Butts (2008). Building on Strength: Positive Youth Development in Juvenile Justice Programs. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Practitioners are attempting to build juvenile justice interventions with strength-based, positive youth development principles. Previous researchers have not adequately documented how such reforms take place, let alone whether they produce effective results for youth, families, and communities. This study suggests that it is possible to implement these approaches in juvenile justice settings, but more research is needed to substantiate their effects.