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ERIC Number: ED017939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov-30
Pages: 62
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Reference Count: 0
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EDUCATIONAL COUNSELORS--TRAINING FOR A NEW DEFINITION OF AFTER-CARE OF JUVENILE PAROLEES. FINAL REPORT.
SCHWITZGEBEL, RALPH
THE EDUCATIONAL COUNSELOR PROGRAM INVOLVED TRAINING COLLEGE GRADUATES TO SERVE AS PAROLE OFFICERS FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS. THE PROGRAM WAS EVALUATED IN A SIX-MONTH FOLLOW-UP STUDY WHICH USED RECIDIVISM AS A CRITERIA. THE EMPHASIS IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM WAS ON GROUP WORK TECHNIQUES. THE FOUR RECIDIVISM VARIABLES CHOSEN WERE--(1) NUMBER OF COURT APPEARANCES WITH ADJUDICATION FOR A NEW OFFENSE, (2) NUMBER OF COMMITMENTS TO AN INSTITUTION WITH ADJUDICATION FOR A NEW OFFENSE, (3) NUMBER OF COMMITMENTS TO AN INSTITUTION WITHOUT ADJUDICATION FOR A NEW OFFENSE, AND (4) NUMBER OF MONTHS OF INCARCERATION. CONTEMPORANEOUS AND HISTORICAL CONTROL GROUPS WERE MATCHED ON FIVE BACKGROUND VARIABLES USEFUL IN PREDICTING FUTURE RECIDIVISM AS INDICATED BY STEP-WISE MULTIPLE REGRESSION PROCEDURES. THE EVALUATION INDICATED THAT GROUP WORK PROCEDURES WERE ONLY OCCASIONALLY USED BY THE COUNSELORS IN THEIR ACTUAL WORK. THERE WAS NO STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP AND THE TWO CONTROL GROUPS ON ANY OF THE FOUR RECIDIVISM VARIABLES. THE SHORT FOLLOW-UP PERIOD, THE POSSIBILITY OF GREATER BEHAVIORIAL PATHOLOGY IN THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP, THE UNDETERMINED DISTRIBUTION OF EFFORT AMONG CASES IN THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP, AND THE EFFECT OF THE EXPERIMENTAL SITUATION UPON THE JUDICIAL PROCESS WERE LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY. (CG)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Boston Univ., MA. Law-Medicine Research Inst.
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