ERIC Number: ED204066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Two Stress-Challenge Programs for Delinquent Youth.
Andrew, Sarah H.
Because most of the approximately 100 stress-challenge programs exclusively serving delinquent youth are funded partially or wholly by public funds and therefore require evaluation, a need exists for a comprehensive model which evaluates not only program outputs, but also program operations and inputs. The feasibility and flexibility of a four-component evaluation model (program profile employing participant observation, participant profile containing analysis of demographic data, analysis of pre- and post-test data, and recidivism study) is confirmed by evaluating two stress-challenge programs for delinquent youth funded by the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. Evaluations of Program A (police-sponsored weekend trips for youth from one upper middle class community) and Program B (two-week expeditions for youth from seven counties, operated through a community college) demonstrate the model's usefulness in constructing program profiles containing information on philosophical foundations, educational design, operations and emergency procedures, administrative details, and special and standard program components, which are data vital in interpreting recidivism rates, test scores and participants' demographics. Recommendations concerning development of future programs include the necessity for internal evaluation procedures, clarification of methods, treatments and program philosophy, and experience-sharing between programs. Appendices provide forms, questionnaires, and testing materials. (NEC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Measurement Techniques, Outdoor Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Recidivism, Research Methodology, Socioeconomic Background
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Outward Bound; Stress Challenge Programs
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