ERIC Number: ED198445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
An Experimental Examination of Behavioral Contracting with Delinquent Youth.
Blakely, Craig H.; And Others
Parents of delinquents often display unconstructive behavioral patterns. The effects of behavior contracting with juvenile delinquents in response to these patterns was examined. Delinquent youth (N=72) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) controls, receiving normal court treatment; (2) a Family Contracting (FC) group, diverted from the court system and working for 18 weeks with an undergraduate trained to use behavioral contracting with the youth's family; and (3) an Advocacy/Contracting (AC) group, working with an undergraduate trained in child advocacy as well as in behavioral contracting. Data from juvenile court files and police records revealed that court petitions, seriousness of petitions, police contacts, seriousness of contacts, and self-reports of delinquency all showed a drop in frequency over time. The AC group showed the greatest drops. Although the AC condition was superior to the FC condition, diverting the youth from formal court involvement using either intervention resulted in fewer youth incarcerations. Interviews with delinquents, parents, and undergradaute volunteers conducted throughout the intervention revealed that the volunteers in both conditions adhered strongly to the contracting model. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).