ERIC Number: ED132477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
What Entering, Within-Program Variables Relate to Postrehabilitation "Success?"
Force, Ronald C.; And Others
Adjudged offenders and predelinquent youths 12 to 18 years of age, from the United States, were selected for anticipated amenability to correctional change in this open-residential therapeutic environment. Each of four homes houses 26 youths. Each youth has a thorough assessment, explicit treatment plan, and primary counselor. All elements of the program are directed toward resocialization. The modal stay is 11 months. For the last eight years a fixed minimum battery of psychological and behavioral measures has been administered upon each youth's entrance. The currently employed criterion is to follow the outcome of each selected youth for two or more years subsequent to treatment. Outcome is rated in terms of ability to cope, ability to carry own weight in society, ability to maintain freedom, employment, skill improvement, financial responsibility, and rated "personal soundness." This paper concludes that though the co-relationships established between predictor and ongoing variables do not establish causation in a treatment situation, the known relationship is available knowledge superior to no known relationship, and is suggestive of change in the environment. Described are the many changes in selection, in treatment strategy, and in shifts in the budgeting of the youth homes introduced because of feedback. (Author)
Descriptors: Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation, Research Projects, Residential Care, Success, Youth Agencies, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Journal Supplement Abstract Service.