ERIC Number: ED211912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Psychology as Field Experience: Impact on Attitudes Toward Social Interventions.
Snellman, Lynn A.; And Others
An innovation in the teaching of undergraduate psychology courses is the implementation of a field experience that gives students the opportunity to apply newly learned skills and knowledge in a community setting. Changes in undergraduates' attitudes toward various delinquency interventions were examined as a result of participation in a psychology field experience aimed at diverting delinquent youth from the juvenile justice system. Training for the field experience consisted of formal course enrollment in which the techniques of behavioral contracting and child advocacy were taught. The field experience consisted of undergraduates working 6 to 8 hours a week for 18 weeks with a delinquent youth. Participating undergraduates (N=16) completed the Delinquency Orientation Scale (DOS) before and after their field experience. A nonparticipant control group (N=36) also completed the DOS at similar times. The DOS was used to measure undergraduates' attitudes towards four types of social intervention applicable to delinquent youth: a punitive orientation, an individual treatment orientation, general social reform, and radical non-interventions. Results indicated that field experience participants' endorsements of individual treatment orientations significantly decreased more than nonparticipating students over time. The findings suggest that an extensive field experience can be an effective teaching strategy. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).