ERIC Number: ED223920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Reality Therapy and the Perceptions of the Staff and Residents of the Maine Youth Center Environment.
Drummond, Robert J.
Reality Therapy was adopted as the major treatment modality to be used by the staff to work with the youth at the Maine Youth Center (MYC). A time-series design, which included the administration of the Correctional Institutions Environment Scale, was used to evaluate the influence of Reality Therapy on the perceptions of staff and youth at the center, and assess program changes over time (1980-1982). Results showed a changing emphasis in the program and treatment philosophy at the MYC. There appeared to be a greater emphasis on the relationship dimension which was reflected in the greater perceived involvement of youth in the program, the greater support perceived by youth from youth and staff, and the greater openness perceived in the system. Treatment was perceived as having a more practical orientation emphasis on reality, rather than on personal problem orientation. Emphasis appeared to be on the "now" rather than on what transpired before in the center. Numerous tables are provided to illustrate the comparative results. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Maine Univ., Orono. Coll. of Education.
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