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Issue Briefs

What Youths Say Matters: A Historical Look

This issue brief compares the perceptions of youths on facility experiences from Youth Climate Survey responses from October 2010 and April 2016. Topics include living conditions, facility programming, fairness and safety, relationships with staff, connectedness with family and preparedness to return to the community.

PbS Perspective July 2016

PbS Perspective July 2016 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2016 collection in areas of safety and positive adolescent development.

PbS Perspective January 2016

PbS Perspective January 2016 provides a snapshot of data from the October 2015 collection in areas research shows impact the safety and healthy development of youths.

Measuring Positive Youth Development

This issue brief provides aggregate data on selected outcome measures relating to positive youth development. Download Measuring Positive Youth Development ...

PbS Perspective July 2015

PbS Perspective July 2015 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2015 collection in areas research shows impact the safety and healthy development of youths.

What Youths, Staff and Families Say about Community-based Programs

This issue brief explores the perceptions of youths, staff and families regarding community-based programs including safety, fairness, staff-youth relations and service/treatment plans.

PbS Perspective January 2015

PbS Perspective January 2015 provides a snapshot of data from the October 2014 collection in areas research shows impact the safety and healthy development of youths.

First Step to Integrate Trauma-Informed Care

Updated Dec. 3, 2014. PbS and its partners launched an initiative to integrate trauma-informed care into PbS for all participants. This issue brief explains the initiative and presents the results of the first step completed in April 2014: asking youths about their experiences and perceptions of being treated using trauma-informed practices.

Staff Perceptions

This issue brief explores the importance of staff perceptions and staff-youth relationships; staff provide another critical level of understanding to what makes a facility successful at rehabilitating youths.

Family-Youth Initiative

This research brief focuses on the importance of family engagement in youths’ experience in the facility and their reintegration into society. The report introduces the Family-youth Initiative, a collaboration between PbS and the Family Justice Program of the Vera Institute of Justice, and discusses survey results from family members and social supports as well as youth and sta ...

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.