The Social and Behavioral Sciences

Youth offending is a major concern in many countries. Family functioning has been found to be an important factor related to offending behaviors among youth in previous research. Studies have suggested the potential utility of family-based interventions in helping youth to combat the recurrence of offending behaviors. A recent study has investigated whether a family-based intervention could help youth offenders in Singapore with their mental well-being, family functioning, and probation completion.

  •  In the context of the given study, explain why studying a family-based intervention for youth offenders using social and behavioral science research methods is important to our society.
  • Recognize and appreciate the research ethical issues considered by the researchers in the given study. Specifically, describe at least TWO actions that the researchers have taken to protect the research participants in the study. Explain the importance of each action that you identify with respect to the relevant ethical principle(s) in the Belmont Report.
  • The researchers examined whether youth offenders receiving the chosen family-based intervention were more likely to complete their probation order than their counterparts in the given study. Discuss the following aspects in the statistical test that the researchers conducted to investigate this research question. ? Describe the dependent variable, the independent variable, and the control variables in the specified statistical test. ? Explain the null hypothesis and Type I error in the context of this statistical test.
  • Examine at least TWO benefits of longitudinal research in the context of the given study. Moreover, examine at least TWO challenges of longitudinal research in the context of the given study.