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Solution Focused Parenting Support Cuts Youth Crime By 68% - New Book Press Release

Posted by Dan Jones on June 28, 2012 at 4:40 AM

New book by Humanistic Solution Focused Therapist Dan Jones, ‘Using a Humanistic Solution Focused Approach with Parents & Families to Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour & Youth Offending’ (Available from the publisher, Kindle UK and Kindle US) explores the Humanistic Solution Focused Approach and gathered data on 321 parents of young offenders and those ‘at risk’ of becoming young offenders. These parents were offered Humanistic Solution Focused Parenting Support. Youth crime levels were monitored prior to the support, one year after support and 91 parents were also monitored three years later.

(PRWEB) 25th June 2012 – New book by Humanistic Solution Focused Therapist Dan Jones, ‘Using a Humanistic Solution Focused Approach with Parents & Families to Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour & Youth Offending’ explores the Humanistic Solution Focused Approach to supporting parents. Over a five-year period Jones worked with parents of young offenders and those ‘at risk’ of becoming young offenders to help to reduce anti-social behaviour and youth crime, leading to a 68% reduction in youth crime over the year following support compared to eligible parents that chose not to take up the support. Jones applied a Humanistic Solution Focused Approach, supporting parents to develop an authoritative parenting style so that they could help their youth turn away from a path of youth crime and anti-social behaviour with the aim of producing safer communities, improving family relationships and giving greater future opportunities to those young people.

“Without support youth crime levels rose from 39% to 51% over three years following the offer of support, whereas with Humanistic Solution Focused Parenting Support youth crime levels dropped from 21% to 17% over a three year period” said Jones

Humanistic Solution Focused Therapy is an approach based on Solution Focused Therapy as developed by Steve De Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg integrated with a humanistic approach that takes into consideration all aspects of the parent and family’s life, exploring basic emotional needs of the parents and the youth, how these needs are being met and which needs aren’t being met, the skills and abilities that the parents and youth have which could be useful for helping to create change and the social networks of the parents and the youth. The Solution Focused aspect looks at what the parents want to achieve from the support, where they are now in relation to what they want to achieve, times when what they want to achieve is already happening and what needs to be different to move things forwards.

Jones offered support to 321 parents and monitored youth crime levels after one year, and for 91 families, also monitored youth crime levels three years later. This allowed Jones to track the difference between the outcomes for youth with parents that didn’t receive parenting support compared to the youth with parents that received support. In total 68% less young people offended in the year following support compared to young people of parents that didn’t receive support, 69% less young people that were ‘at risk’ of criminal offending went on to commit youth crime following support compared to young people of parents that didn’t receive support, and over a three year period 51% less young people that had committed youth crime went on to commit further youth crime compared to young people of parents that didn’t receive support.

By working with parents using a Humanistic Solution Focused Approach youth crime was reduced significantly. An average of 11% of youth ‘at risk’ of offending, with parents that received support went on to commit youth crimes over the 3-year period following support, compared to 33% of youth with parents that chose not to have support. For youth that had already committed youth crime, 40% of youth with parents that received support went on to commit further youth crimes over the 3-year period following support, compared to 82% of youth with parents that chose not to have support. All support offered was on a voluntary basis. If parents didn’t want the support this decision was accepted.

“I feel confident to follow through with discipline” Parent’s feedback

“No shouting and rows like before. Mum seems happier and I am staying at school” Young person’s feedback

Further details can be found in Dan Jones new book ‘Using a Humanistic Solution Focused Approach with Parents and Families to Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour and Youth Offending’ on how the Humanistic Solution Focused Approach was used with parents to reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour and more details on the findings gathered. This book is available now in paperback from Lulu Publishing and on Amazon Kindle US and Kindle UK and will be available in paperback on Amazon and other retailers from 3rd September 2012.

Categories: Parenting

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