Episode 71 - Katherine Montgomery: Individual and Relational Factors Associated with Delinquency Among Throwaway Adolescents

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:08:56 AM

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In this episode, Katherine Montgomery, MSSW and doctoral student, reports on the findings and implications of her recent study on domain-specific factors that distinguish "throwaway youth" from delinquent youth. Ms. Montgomery also describes how understanding specific individual and relational factors may inform more individualized, evidence-based treatment planning among this unique population of adolescents.

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Average Rating: 4stars  impact , Monday, February 06, 2017

By Linda Pillo :

I am also in favor of helping these youth. I appreciate how you talked about the factors that are implicated within each of the runaway and throwaway youth. These factors can be deemed subjective to each individual, however, there are some that are objective across the board such as addiction and relationship problems. I believe that by talking to these youth, by believing in them and giving them empowerment (something that is new to them.) you will see healing start. However, in the large scope of things, there is only so much that you can do when the problem is initiated with the family of origin. It is sad that youth who are subjected to trauma and turned away by their parents fall into delinquency; some, just to survive. I applaud your efforts and encourage you to continue.

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Average Rating: 4stars  informative yet unfortunate, Monday, February 06, 2012

By Cindy Wilson :

Katherine Montgomery's podcast on throwaway youth was informative as was her research study. I was unfortunately appuald when she stated she was able to obtain so many individuals for her study due to the foster care system being " FULL" and these 170 children being placed in a detention center because there was no where else to put them. I was surprised at first that so many throwawy youth were of the femal gender in this study, as she noted being male is a risk factor to begin with for most deliquents but not in the case of throw away youth. I would like more details just on this factor alone on what specifically caused the youth in this study to become throw away youth. Katherine gave a broad defination as stated by the OJJP on what defines a throwaway youth however as Katherine stated each child has their own story and is unique. i wonder between the youth what common factors arose in their stories.
Though I am a big fan of multisystematic treatment, I believe this is one population where treatment and therapy may work best with the indivdiual. A youth being "thrown away" would probably need to find their strength and healing before being able to consider healing with those who threw them away.

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Average Rating: 4stars  throwaway youth, Monday, January 23, 2012

By Courtney Springer :

I found this podcast particular interesting because I am interested in working with the youth population after graduation. During my undergraduate career I did an internship at Compass House in Buffalo which serves runaway and homeless youth by providing them with temporary shelter. This podcast emphasized the critical difference between runaway and throwaway youths. It was stated that throwaways differ because they have been forced out of the house with no adequate care set up to aid the youth once leaving the house. Ms. Montgomery stated that this is a particularly difficult population to study because it is difficult to contact and keep tract of throwaways. I found it promising that the researchers in this study were able to have such a large sample size of 170 youth. The results that were discussed in the podcast were extremely interesting. The finding that substance abuse did not make a youth more or less likely to be delinquent was a striking finding that was opposite to what I had anticipated. I also found it interesting that individual factors were more significant in accounting for delinquency compared to relational factors. This finding demonstrates the need for individualized treatment plans for throwaway youths. I think that this study provides hope that research on throwaway youth can be conducted and needs to be studied further to see if these results can be replicated.

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