Aftermath of Apprehension: Social Scientist’s Response

Gold and Williams suggest in National Study of the Aftermath of Apprehension that “It appears, unfortunately, that what legal authorities commonly do upon apprehending a juvenile for his delinquent behavior is worse than not apprehending him at all.” If this conclusion is correct, and it is the result of two interrelated studies, then it should influence sweeping programmatic reforms in the social institutions concerned with promoting and safeguarding the development of youth. The intent of this article is to suggest avenues available for this reform both within and beyond the juvenile justice system. Before addressing the implications of the research, however, attention is given to the methodological considerations inherent in the study itself.