ERIC Number: ED252458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Law-Related Education Sustained at Sixteen-Month Followup.
A follow-up study of high school students who had taken a law-related education (LRE) course as junior high students showed that the LRE course continued to have a positive effect on the students' behavior. In the original study, ninth-graders taking LRE courses were compared with ninth-graders enrolled in conventional civics courses. At the beginning and end of the semester, both LRE and control students completed questionnaires that measured 14 behavior-related dimensions and frequency of ten categories of delinquent acts. Compared with control subjects, LRE students showed a reduction in frequency of six categories of delinquent behavior. LRE students also showed favorable effects relative to controls on ten behavior-related dimensions. Fifty-five (46 percent) of the original 118 subjects participated in the 16-month followup research at the end of their first year in high school. The followup questionnaire contained the same pre/post delinquency and behavior measures used in the original study. Sixteen months after completing the course, the former LRE students appeared better off on eight counts than those assigned to conventional ninth grade civics courses and worse off on none. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Action Research, Inc., Boulder, CO.