ERIC Number: ED228561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Reality Therapy by the Staff of the Maine Youth Center, 1980-1981.
Drummond, Robert J.
Reality Therapy was adopted as the treatment modality to be used with youths at the Maine Youth Center, the only juvenile correctional facility in the state. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program, staff members completed a series of self-report instruments and gathered demographic and attitude data three times during a 2-year period in 1980-81. There were 58 respondents during the summer of 1980, 106 in the winter of 1980, and 72 in the spring 1981 survey. Administrative, teaching, cottage, and treatment personnel were included. Results showed that overall, staff evaluations of Reality Therapy were positive and showed improvement from winter 1980 to spring 1981. The highest degree of success was reported on "not accepting excuses" followed by "being persistent." Getting youths to make a commitment to change was the hardest dimension to implement successfully. A set of 14 tables is included which details the survey results. The three appendices present verbatim staff comments on Reality Therapy techniques that worked well and those that did not work, as well as ways in which the Maine staff used Reality Therapy. A bibliography is also included. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine Univ., Orono. Coll. of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maine Youth Center; Reality Therapy
Note: For related documents, see ED 223 920, ED 223 941, CG 016 350, and CG 016 588.