Criminal Justice Victimology Lit Review

Journal Article Review 1 500-600 words

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1.  For this assignment, the student will select a peer reviewed academic journal article from one of the databases located in the FTCC’s 


library. The article will relate in some way to the reading material the student has reviewed for this particular module. After the student reads the article, they should download the Journal Article Review Template (below). The student will then complete a Journal Article Review of the article they read.

2.  Formatting Requirements

· Headers, assignment title (middle), your name, course and section number, and date (all this needs to be at the top/middle of the first page document), and References (this word stands alone on the last page).

· Use one-inch margins.

· Use a 12-point Times New Roman font.

· Use double line spacing in the document.

3.  Resources:  After you review this  
Journal Article Review Sample Template


Journal Article Review Sample Template – Alternative Formats
 , use the highlighted subtitles as your own only.  Additional, APA resources are located in the Optional Resources tab for your edification.

4. REMEMBER:  The KEY to this assignment is to use the academic journal article template provided (above) to summarize all the key points of the academic journal article you chose to critique.


5.  Grading Criteria See Rubric (Click on My Grades tab).

6. Note: A peer reviewed journal article is an article written by experts and is reviewed by several other experts in the field before the article is
published in an academic journal in order to insure the article’s quality.

7.  Generate a 500-600 words document using Microsoft Word containing your thoughts, reflections, and analysis of the the article related in some way to the reading material the student has reviewed for this particular module topics.  The paper must follow current APA guidelines (located in the Optional Resources tab). The page count does not include the title page, abstract, reference section, or any extra material.

8.  How to Submit: You can submit by clicking the Journal Article Review 1 icon or click on the Journal Article Review tab (navigational area).

Universityof Amsterdam, P.O. Box 15780, Nieuwe Achtergracht 127, 1018 WS, Amst Effective Components of School-Based Prevention Programs for Child Abuse: A Meta-Analytic Review. 


Gubbels, Jeanne1 (AUTHOR)
van der Put, Claudia E.1 (AUTHOR)
Stams, Geert-Jan J. M.1 (AUTHOR)
Assink, Mark1 (AUTHOR)


Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review. Sep2021, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p553-578. 26p. 1 Diagram, 3 Charts, 2 Graphs. 

Document Type:


Subject Terms:

*CHILD abuse
*CHILD sexual abuse
*ADULT child abuse victims
*SOCIAL skills education

Author-Supplied Keywords:

Child abuse
Program components
School-based programs

erdam, Netherlands

Full Text Word Coun School-based programs seem promising for child abuse prevention. However, research mainly focused on sexual child abuse and knowledge is lacking on how individual program components contribute to the effectiveness of school-based prevention programs for any form of child abuse. This study aimed to examine the overall effect of these school-based programs on (a) children’s childabuse-related knowledge and (b) self-protection skills by conducting two three-level meta-analyses. Furthermore, moderator analyses were performed to identify how program components and delivery techniques were associated with effectiveness. A literature search yielded 34 studies (158 effect sizes; N = 11,798) examining knowledge of child abuse and 22 studies (99 effect sizes; N = 7804) examining self-protection skills. A significant overall effect was found of school-based programs on both knowledge (d = 0.572, 95% CI [0.408, 0.737], p < 0.001) and self-protection skills (d = 0.528, 95% CI [0.262, 0.794], p < 0.001). The results of the first meta-analysis on children's child abuse knowledge suggest that program effects were larger in programs addressing social–emotional skills of children (d = 0.909 for programs with this component versus d = 0.489 for programs without this component) and self-blame (d = 0.776 versus d = 0.412), and when puppets (d = 1.096 versus d = 0.500) and games or quizzes (d = 0.966 versus d = 0.494) were used. The second meta-analysis on children's self-protections skills revealed that no individual components or techniques were associated with increased effectiveness. Several other study and program characteristics did moderate the overall effects and are discussed. In general, school-based prevention programs show positive effects on both knowledge and self-protection skills, and the results imply that program effectiveness can be improved by implementing specific components and techniques. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


Gubbels, J., van der Put, C. E., Stams, G.-J. J. M., & Assink, M. (2021). Effective Components of School-Based Prevention Programs for Child Abuse: A Meta-Analytic Review. Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review, 24(3), 553–578.



Challenges in Crisis Mental Interventions

Ruben Castellon



4 September 2020

REVIEW OF A JOURNAL ARTICLE: Challenges Relating to the Interface between Crisis Mental Health Clinicians and Police When Engaging with People with a Mental Illness


Police officers are normally the first ones who respond to incidents involving persons with mental illness behavior and every attempt is made by the police to obtain mental health assistance for those who need the help. However, this is not achieved because of the lack of effective inter-service integration because of the inefficient communication, difficulty accessing support from the interfacing services such as emergency departments, and the fact that staffs not respect the professional abilities of staff from interfacing services. The problem faced by all departments when dealing with persons with mental illnesses, is that all departments including the police staff and other staff personnel from such departments as mental health clinics do not respect each other’s professions and the end result is that persons with mental illnesses who should be receiving proper mental health assistance are not receiving such assistance which in turn worsens the outcomes for those with mental illnesses.

Comments: The problem statement agreed with the title and indicates that there has been insignificant research to study whether challenges to successful cross-service inter-action have been addressed. It would take the average reader several times to identify what the authors of this study’s aim were to identify the strategies to enhance the care for persons with mental illnesses and service collaboration. The exploration of this study would also be better served by including other police and mental health clinics from other regions.

Review of Literature

The authors provided an abstract introduction without a proper title abstract section and they also did cite clear review of the literature. The study did contribute to the overall understanding of the topic and reasoning because the authors’ exploration method involved experienced senor police and CATT staff personnel. While the title statement was long it was appropriate for the statement.


This study explored how crisis mental health clinicians and police officers experience the service interface to identify perceived challenges to collaboration and possible solutions.

Comments: The purpose of exploring how crisis mental health clinicians and police officers experience the service interface to identify perceived challenges to collaboration and possible solutions was straightforward and agreed with the title. The study was based on identifying possible solutions to bypassing the ED for people already registered with mental health services to admit directly to psychiatric units once the police responded to an incident involving a person with mental illness.


The study sought to explore a number of approaches to improve the interface between mental health and policing services for persons with mental illnesses. Which included providing training to police officers and embedding mental health clinicians within police unites to offer consultation as required during crisis incidents when police officers respond to crisis involving persons with mental illness.

Comment: It took several times for the average reader to read the statement to locate the authors’ objectives within the statement. The hypotheses were answerable; however, the staff used a questionnaire not validated because the staffs were not validated as qualified experts in the field.


The study explores the challenges limiting effective integration of care, but also to identify new methods to enhance services collaboration. This study also used a questionnaire measuring perceptions, knowledge and confidence in handling incidents involving people with mental illness and the interface with staff from other services was developed and circulated to CATT staff from Alfred Hospital and police officers from the four police departments consisting of St Kilda Road PD, Prahran and South Melbourne Victoria PDs. The primary data used for this study was retrieved from the questionnaire measuring perceptions instrument. The study only involved police officers from four police departments. Interviewing police officers from additional police departments and other staff personnel from additional mental health clinics would have provided a greater prospected of other challenges other agencies are faced with when dealing with persons with mental illness problems.

Comments: The methodology implemented for this study was clearly explained. The questioner instrument was also explained, and the coefficients of the data were also provided. The questioner instrument was not qualified because the staff personnel involved in the developing the instrument were not qualified as experts in the field. The four statistical tables provided clear statistical data based on the frequency of contact with persons with mental illness by police officers and mental health staff.


Questionnaire measuring instrument was used to form the basis of this exploration. The questionnaire was developed by the researchers with the assistance of senior police staff and mental health staff. Forty-four police officers and 13 mental health professionals were chosen for this research. However, there was no evidence provided to report that the staff selected for this exploratory research was qualified in their perspective fields.


The statement in this exploratory study did not provide a summary.


Discussion and conclusion were based on the exploratory research using a questionnaire instrument. The questionnaire measuring perceptions instrument were developed to determine the knowledge and confidence of police and mental health staff in handling incidents of crises involving persons with mental illnesses. Without involving larger groups of police officers and mental health staff from additional departments in other regions, this exploratory research may be biased.

Comments: The Discussion and conclusion provided in the statement was based on the exploratory findings and logically presented.



The research in this exploratory study appears to be comprehensive. However, the data obtained by questionnaire instrument developed by the authors needs to be validated. This exploratory study would greatly benefit from additional research that would include a much larger group of staff members from the police and mental health staff with extensive experience in dealing with persons with mental illness.

Comments: The limitation of this exploratory study calls for a recommendation for additional research.

Implications to criminal justice

When police officers and mental health staff do not effectively integrate their inter-services with each other, persons in mental illness crises’ will not receive the best assistance needed to de-escalate their crisis. No longer is simply training police officers and mental health staff on dealing with persons in a mental illness crisis, but based on the exploratory study we must also provide training to these two entities to better work with each other in an effort to provide better assistance to those in mental illness crisis.


Hollander, Y., Lee, S. J., Tahtalian, S., Young, D., & Kulkarni, J. (2012). Challenges relating to the interface between crisis mental health clinicians and police when engaging with people with a mental illness. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 19(3), 402-411. doi:10.1080/13218719.2011.585131

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