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ERIC Number: ED001529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Dec-7
Pages: 87
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"TEENAGERS PROBE." THE PROVIDENCE YOUTH INTERVIEWERS PROJECT.
MCKENNA, JOHN
DURING THE SUMMER, 60 YOUTHS, MANY OF WHOM WERE JUDGED TO BE POTENTIAL SCHOOL DROPOUTS, WERE EMPLOYED TO INTERVIEW THEIR PEERS IN CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS. THE PURPOSES OF THE PROJECT WERE TO PROVIDE YOUTH WITH A FIRST-HAND VIEW OF THEIR OWN PROBLEMS, AND TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW INTERVIEWING OTHERS WOULD AFFECT THE INTERVIEWERS. IT WAS ASSUMED THAT PARTICIPATION, IN AND OF ITSELF, WAS SUFFICIENT TO CHANGE CERTAIN ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS OF THE PARTICIPANTS. THE UNDERLYING CONSIDERATION IN THE SELECTION OF ALL PARTICIPATING YOUTH WOULD BE THE POSSIBILITY OF EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFIT, AND THE DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE, THEIR AGES RANGED FROM 14-18. THE INTERVIEWERS ASKED QUESTIONS OF THEIR PEERS, EXAMPLES OF THESE QUESTIONS INCLUDED, "HOW DO YOU GET ALONG WITH YOUR FAMILY,""WHY DO KIDS GET INTO TROUBLE," AND "HOW DO KIDS SEE THE ROLES OF PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY." RESULTS OF THE SUMMER INTERVIEWS REVEALED THAT ALL THE YOUTH WHO WERE EMPLOYED IN THE SURVEY RETURNED TO SCHOOL, THUS THE ASSUMPTION THAT ACTUAL PARTICIPATION HELPED CHANGE THE ATTITUDES OF THE PARTICIPANTS WAS VERIFIED.
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Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime, Washington, DC.; Providence Youth Progress Board, RI.
Identifiers: PROVIDENCE YOUTH INTERVIEWERS PROJECT; Rhode Island (Providence)