ERIC Number: ED223941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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Reality Therapy at the Maine Youth Center: Assessment of Youth. Interim Report
Drummond, Robert J.
Reality Therapy is a system which stresses that individuals are responsible for their own behavior, and that excuses based on environment, heredity, or the past are not acceptable as explanations for behavior. To assess the impact of training in Reality Therapy on youth at the Maine Youth Center, subjects (all students at the Center) were asked to complete five to seven instruments, e.g., a demographic data sheet, the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, and the Jesness Behavior Checklist, three different times at 6-month intervals. Subjects' responses on each instrument were entered in a data set and scored. Findings about the impact of the program on the youth, rather than on the staff, revealed that: (1) the youth were attempting to follow the steps of Reality Therapy; (2) youth tended to show a much higher need and desire for affection; (3) youths' perceptions of the correction environment changed positively over time; (4) the youths should be tested within weeks of arrival, followed up on 5 months later, and tracked after their release; (5) significant sex differences existed on several of the instruments utilized, and therefore separate analyses should be done for males and females; and (6) an evaluation should be done on the effect of Reality Therapy on the school unit. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Maine Univ., Orono. Coll. of Education.
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