ERIC Number: ED157190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
School Crime and Belongingness.
MacDonald, Scott; Oden, Chester, Jr.
One of 52 theoretical papers on school crime and its relation to poverty, this chapter discusses the results of three studies made of subjects in a residential vocational training center for youth. The first study correlated demographic, medical history, and behavioral variables to center adjustment. The second study examined possible relationships between number of visits to the dispensary and misbehavior and other overt indications of stress. The third study concerned the effect of an autonomous groups program on the incidence of misbehavior. The effect was not only a reduction in incidence of minor and major misconduct, but the stimulation of individuals' anticipation regarding how their friends would view their behavioral offenses. Apparently such anticipation resulted in enhanced efforts toward positive adjustment. Other anecdotal evidence supported the findings of the third study that a sense of belongingness on the part of youth is an important factor in stimulating anticipation of the consequences of behavior. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Delinquent Behavior, Disadvantaged Youth, Discipline Problems, Dormitories, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Group Guidance, Intervention, Peer Influence, Residential Institutions, School Vandalism, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Hackensack, NJ. NewGate Resource Center.
Note: Chapter 22 of "Theoretical Perspectives on School Crime, Volume I"; For other papers in this volume, see EA 010 729-768