ERIC Number: ED024168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a School-Centered Rehabilitation Program for Pregnant School-Age Girls in Washington, D.C.
Goodman, Elizabeth M.; Gill, Fobola M. L.
In 1963, the Washington, D.C. Public School Department began a special demonstration project on the secondary school level, the Webster Girls School Program, to reduce the number of dropouts due to pregnancy and recidivism. An interagency, multidisciplinary plan was devised to provide comprehensive services to the girls. Social case work, academic and vocational education, psychological services, medical supervision, and nutritional advice were included in the program to improve the welfare of the school-age pregnant girl and restore her to the community. Of the girls enrolled the first 3 years, 75% moved forward academically. In a 1965 study, those enrolled the first year (103) were compared to a control group (123) referred but not enrolled then. Results indicated the Webster girls dropped out of school less (p<.001) and were less likely to have another child (p<.001). Data on other factors are given and eight appendixes include sample forms, student evaluations, and give data on project establishment. An evaluation of the program by Ann Richardson, Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., is also available as ED 018 052. (LE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Ancillary School Services, Child Care, Community Programs, Counseling, Demonstration Programs, Educational Programs, Exceptional Child Research, Health Services, Illegitimate Births, Interdisciplinary Approach, Pregnancy, Program Descriptions, Psychological Services, School Community Relationship, Secondary School Students, Sex Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Dept. of Human Resources, Washington, DC.; District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: District of Columbia; Webster School DC