ERIC Number: ED075136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Identity: An Approach to Preventing Delinquency Among Chicanos.
Lee, David Lopez
The second of a 3-year juvenile delinquency prevention program, ARRIBA, involved 90 pre-delinquent Chicano youths (ages 8 to 13). The general thesis of the program was that these youths, provided with an educational/tutorial and culturally supportive program administered by bilingual Chicanos, will have a lower likelihood for delinquent behavior than children not in such a program. The control group consisted of 100 children of the same age. The experimental group met 2 hours a day, twice a week. The first hour was devoted to cultural education and the second primarily to recreational activities. During the second hour, the children were taken 1 to 3 at a time to be counseled or tutored. They met in learning centers, partitioned to minimize distractions. Self-awareness sessions were often included. Criticism was avoided and the child was allowed to express his feelings. Findings indicated: (1) that delinquency declined in the area serviced by ARRIBA, (2) that self-concepts of ARRIBA youths significantly improved, (3) that ARRIBA youths made significant academic gains, (4) that ARRIBA youths made positive gains as indicated by teacher assessments, and (5) that grafitti on community property apparently declined. These findings are shown in tabular form. (NQ)
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Sponsor: California Council on Criminal Justice, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Special Services for Groups, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.