ERIC Number: ED315185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
Kursushuis: The Achievement Place Model in the Netherlands. Draft.
Slot, N. Wim; Jagers, Hans D.
Since 1981, five Kursushuis ("course house") programs for delinquent youth have been established in the Netherlands. Although similar in many ways to Achievement Place (AP) programs, Kursushuis programs differ from AP programs in that they place fewer children in a course house and use a social competence model that allows task-specific definition of skills and linkage to developmental tasks. In a study of Kursushuis outcomes, pre- and post-treatment data on 58 male Kursushuis graduates and 57 youths at a state correctional institute were compared. Average pre-treatment age was 16.6 years. Youth Evaluation List (YEL) scores were obtained during admission and 6 months after graduation. The YEL focuses on three factors in antisocial behavior and social competence: problems; abilities for relationships outside the family; and abilities for community participation. At the follow-up, former Kursushuis youth showed less delinquency and significant improvement in many aspects of social competence in comparison to the pre-treatment period. Treatment trajectories for the two types of programs differed considerably. The average stay of course house youth was less than half that of institutionalized youth. Kursushuis graduates were more able to live independently than youth in the state institute. Treatment of Kursushuis youth cost much less. It is concluded that findings enhance the reputation of the AP model in the Netherlands. (RH)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Community Involvement, Comparative Analysis, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Developmental Programs, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Home Programs, Institutionalized Persons, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Residential Care
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vrije Univ., Amsterdam (Netherlands). Paedologisch Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands