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ERIC Number: ED114725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Comprehensive Juvenile Delinquency Program.
Young, Howard; And Others
This paper discribes a comprehensive juvenile delinquency diversion program serving a poverty community in a large urban center, and attempts to evaluate the problems and effects of the program. The target population was primarily minority-group truants, aged 10-15, who had been in trouble with the authorities. The program included recreational and counseling components, utilized an interdisciplinary approach, maintained family counseling services, and at times interfaced with other institutions. Physical activities such as trips, were provided. The program utilized status groups to provide graded rewards and peer group pressure towards increasingly appropriate behaviors. Team conferences were held to provide consistency in approach and sharing of information among the interdisciplinary staff. These conferences eventually became a training vehicle for staff members. Problems in the program included: (1) integrating the interdisciplinary staff; (2) determining the exact purpose of the project (therapy or education); (3) behavior modification; and (4) inadequate mobilizing of the community and its institutions to provide better treatment and programs for the youths. The program was quite successful as measured by offense statistics (fewer contacts with juvenile justice system up to six months after program) and satisfaction among parents and clients. (NG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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