ERIC Number: ED228562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Impact of Reality Therapy on the Maine Youth Center. Fourth Assessment of Youth, Winter 1982.
Drummond, Robert J.
The Maine Youth Center was established to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. The primary treatment philosophy at the Center is Reality Therapy, which stresses that individuals are responsible for their own behavior. To test the effectiveness of the therapy, major assessments of the youths were conducted at 6-month intervals in 1980 and 1981. The youths (N=229) completed five to seven instruments each testing period gathering demographic and attitude data. Analyses of results from the fourth assessment period indicated differences by sex and cottage with special units showing the lowest mean self-concept scores. Although there were no significant differences in self-concept or locus of control over the four time periods, the female unit tended to have residents who were more externally oriented. Overall, the youths tended to have a strong desire for contact with people. Perceptions of the correctional environment changed over time with the youths tending to perceive the program as being more practically oriented and the staff as more supportive. A series of 13 tables is included which presents survey results for all four assessment periods. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Maine Univ., Orono. Coll. of Education.
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