Dr. Scott Henggeler

Dr. Scott Henggeler founded the Family Services Research Center, which focuses on the development, validation and dissemination of effective treatments for youth with serious clinical problems. In addition, he is a professor in the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
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What Does the Research Show about School Resource Officers?

Posted by Dr. Scott Henggeler

Feb 7, 2017 1:29:06 PM

This commentary originally appeared as an op-ed in the Mount Desert Islander. 

Historically, research has repeatedly shown that juvenile justice interventions often result in outcomes that are the opposite of what was expected or intended. For example, most people would agree that youth who commit crimes need more structure and self-discipline in their lives. This perspective led to the proliferation of military style boot camps in the 1990s designed to reduce delinquent behavior. While this intervention would seem, at face value, to be harmless and well suited for teaching teens to be more responsible, subsequent evaluations showed strikingly different results. That is, boot camp interventions actually increased youth antisocial behavior problems and did so at considerable financial cost.  

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Topics: school to prison pipeline

Zero Tolerance Policy in Schools

Posted by Dr. Scott Henggeler

Jun 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This is a true story. The name has been changed.

Little T had minor scrapes with authorities throughout his adolescence—some alcohol and drug related, others more aggressive in nature. Toward the end of his junior year, Little T and two of his classmates broke into their high school in the middle of the night. The damage they racked was so extensive that school administrators were forced to broadcast a 5 am emergency cancellation of school to all students and personnel. School was closed for 2 days for cleanup, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars, disrupting the education of hundreds of students, and inconveniencing hundreds of families.photo_of_troubled_kid

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Topics: Zero Tolerance

Closing the School to Prison Pipeline is the Best Alternative

Posted by Dr. Scott Henggeler

Jan 21, 2014 12:27:00 PM

Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense

What is the school to prison pipeline? As the name suggests, this term refers to the disturbing trend in which at-risk youth are pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system. This trend desperately needs reversing, as many students pushed into the pipeline are never able to escape it.

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Topics: Zero Tolerance, school to prison pipeline

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