Healthy Relationships Plus Program Implementation Study

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Conference Proceeding

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Historically, the perception of youth offender treatment programs was “nothing works” (Andrew & Bonta, 2010). Fortunately, we have since shifted from that view and current research suggests that effective programs for youth offenders should aim to reduce re-offending by targeting multiple risk factors and promoting the development of healthy, prosocial skills. Consistent with the effective ingredients of programming, the Fourth R and HRPP programs target multiple risk factors (i.e., substance use, risky sexual behaviour) and promote social and cognitive skill building (i.e., communication skills, help seeking). The goal of this research project was to examine the feasibility and fit of the Fourth R and HRPP in youth justice settings.


Knowledge Summary presented as part of the Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth, February 2017, London, ON