ERIC Number: ED131378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Camping Program for Delinquent Adolescents.
Ricker, Lawrence H.; Walker, Francis C.
A follow-up study was conducted in 1972 among 105 ex-campers in Florida who had been out of the therapeutic situation for at least a year. From the ratings of competent judges, working independently with information from interview reports and records of the behaviors of the ex-campers, it was found that 70% were improved to some degree, and 42% were either much or moderately improved. Further, the ex-campers had significantly fewer court contacts after the camp experience than a comparable stratified, random sample of juvenile court cases of delinquents who had not been in the camp program. The emphasis was upon documenting changes in social behavior with information gathered from 18 girls and 52 boys and other persons significant in their lives such as parents, camp staff, juvenile court workers, school officials, and employers. Six questionnaire forms provided 147 separate items of information regarding each ex-camper. Population detail is revealed, along with detail concerning the program itself, how the study was conducted, and the significant findings. Implications are discussed, with suggestions for improving the program. (Author)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Camping, Counseling Effectiveness, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Evaluation, Followup Studies, Research Projects, Resident Camp Programs
Order Department, American Psychological Association, 1200 Seventeenth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. (HC $5.00, MF $2.00, order number JSAS MS. 1246, prepayment required)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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