The co-production of truancy control: results from a randomized trial of a police-school partnership program

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Bennett, Sarah, Antrobus, Emma and Eggins, Elizabeth (2017) The co-production of truancy control: results from a randomized trial of a police-school partnership program. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, . doi:10.1177/0022427817705167


Author Mazerolle, Lorraine
Bennett, Sarah
Antrobus, Emma
Eggins, Elizabeth
Title The co-production of truancy control: results from a randomized trial of a police-school partnership program
Journal name Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4278
1552-731X
Publication date 2017-04-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022427817705167
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 33
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To evaluate, under randomized field trial conditions, the deterrent effects of a police–school partnership, called the Ability School Engagement Program (ASEP). The partnership sought to co-produce truancy reduction by actively engaging parents and their truanting children in a group conference dialogue that was designed to increase parental and child awareness of the truancy laws (and the consequences of noncompliance), and thereby foster students’ willingness to attend school.

Methods: Using a randomized field trial design, 102 truanting young people were randomly allocated to a control, business-as-usual condition (n = 51), or the ASEP experimental condition (n = 51). In this paper, we use mixed model ANOVA and multiple regression analysis of self-report survey data from both students and their parents to assess differences between the experimental and control group on parental perceptions of prosecution likelihood and student willingness to attend school. We use qualitative analysis of the group conference transcripts to examine how the intervention affected these factors.

Results: Our results demonstrate that the police–school partnership intervention increased parental awareness of prosecution likelihood, which moderated students’ self-reported willingness to attend school.

Conclusions: We conclude that police–school partnerships that engage parents and their children to better understand the laws pertaining to school attendance are a promising approach for co-producing the reduction of truancy.
Keyword Prevention
Juvenile delinquency
Policing partnerships
Truancy
Family group conferences
Third-party policing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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