ERIC Number: ED177422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Correlates in Youth Care.
Brooks, Loren E.; And Others
In an attempt to replicate and extend previous research, the Community Oriented Programs Environment Scale (COPES) was administered over a two-year period to youths residing at Boys Town. Each administration provided further replication for the previous one. The youths lived in "family-style" homes with Family-Teachers. The results of the study were threefold. Firstly, satisfaction with global environment related minimally to a specific environment's social climate. Secondly, satisfaction with a specific environment positively related to all relationship dimensions, as well as to the amount of autonomy, order and organization, and program clarity encouraged in the environment. While these results replicated findings reported previously in other environments, a positive relationship between personal problem orientation and satisfaction with a specific environment was not consistently replicated. Other consistent relationships found between satisfaction with the specific environment and that enviornment's social climate included a positive relationship with practical orientation and a negative relationship with anger and aggression. Finally, social climate did not consistently correlate with any respondent background variables tested, although the number of months the youths lived with their Family-Teachers related to many social climate variables in one administration. Appended tables support these findings. Implications for youth care are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boys Town, NE.
Identifiers: Boys Town; Community Oriented Programs Environment Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)