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Official Record Information

As noted above, the Pathways study relies primarily on self-report regarding the receipt of social services and involvement in the criminal justice system. While valuable and generally reliable, these information sources also have limitations. For example, adolescents can recall with accuracy when they were in different types of institutional facilities and when they were involved with particular community-based providers (see Mulvey, Schubert & Chung, 2007). These adolescents are not, however, solid reporters of the more nuanced aspects of the services that they received (e.g., mobile therapy, family treatment, evaluation sessions) or the agency or individual who provided the service (e.g., psychologist, caseworker, mental health counselor). As a result of these limitations, we have sought to obtain official record information from a variety of sources.