ERIC Number: ED188849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of Two Training Programs in Florida for Delinquent Youths: Eckerd Wilderness Camping and State Training Schools.
Carter, James D.
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of the Eckerd Wilderness Camping Program with those of the Florida Training Schools (rehabilitation institutions) on delinquent youths. Effects of these different treatment modes were measured in terms of school adjustment and court contact of each group at 6, 12, and 18 months after release or parole date. The sample population consisted of 120 males (aged 8-15), 60 of whom were Eckerd camp graduates and 60 of whom were Florida Training School graduates. Descriptive information derived from institutional records included: offenses committed, severity of offenses committed, length of enrollment in school, and achievement level in school. Results indicated: (1) prior to program entry Eckerd campers were younger, had a lower grade of entry, had more youth convictions one year prior to entry, committed more severe crimes, had fewer legal referrals for all years, had a greater number of prior youth commitments, and had a higher IQ than the state group; (2) during the first 6-month period, Eckerd campers had significantly fewer contacts, did not differ in severity of offenses committed, remained in school longer, and attained a significantly higher level in school than the state group; (3) during the second and third 6-month period there was no difference between the two groups in number of court contacts or in severity of offenses committed and Eckerd campers remained in school slightly longer and attained a significantly higher academic achievement level than the state group. (JC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Comparative Analysis, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Human Services, Institutionalized Persons, Learning Activities, Males, Outdoor Education, Program Evaluation, Recidivism, Rehabilitation Programs, Resident Camp Programs, Residential Schools, Social Environment, State Schools, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation, Clearwater, FL.
Authoring Institution: University of West Florida, Pensacola. Educational Research and Development Center.
Identifiers: Eckerd Wilderness Camp; Florida
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