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ERIC Number: ED010431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 73
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Reference Count: 0
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EVALUATION OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., SCHOOLS TO THE PREDICTION AND PREVENTION OF DELINQUENCY.
DAILEY, JOHN T.
THE EFFECT OF VARIOUS ANTIDELINQUENCY SCHOOL PROGRAMS WAS STUDIED USING A SAMPLE OF 1,634 YOUTHS, 17 YEARS OF AGE. EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE SAMPLE WERE YOUTHS REFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT IN 1964-65, AND 20 PERCENT WERE WITHOUT COURT RECORDS. DATA ABOUT THESE YOUTHS WERE OBTAINED FROM SCHOOL RECORDS. INFORMATION FROM THE 1960 CENSUS ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD FACTORS WAS ADDED. THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY FACTORS MOST PREDICTIVE OF DELINQUENCY RATE WERE (1) SCHOOL READING LEVEL, (2) YEARS OF EDUCATION OF ADULT POPULATION, AND (3) PROPORTION OF ADULT POPULATION WITH INCOME ABOVE $2,000. FINDINGS SHOWED THAT SUCCESS OF A SCHOOL WAS PROPORTIONAL TO THE TYPES OF FAMILIES IT SERVED, ALMOST REGARDLESS OF SUCH FACTORS AS SCHOOL SIZE, AGE OF BUILDING, PER PUPIL EXPENDITURE, OVERCROWDING, OR CLASS SIZE. IN THOSE AREAS WHERE FAMILIES WERE ASSIMILATING THEIR CHILDREN INTO MODERN ORGANIZED SOCIETY, INCLUDING SOME PREDOMINANTLY NEGRO NEIGHBORHOODS, PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL WAS GOOD AND JUVENILE CRIME WAS MINIMAL. SCHOOLS PLAYED THEIR MOST IMPORTANT PART IN DELINQUENCY PREVENTION WITH THEIR REGULAR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, AS THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE DELINQUENCY WAS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO FAILED TO READ ADEQUATELY IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA