ERIC Number: ED317930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-18
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Evaluation of the Effects of a Personal Empowerment Program for Adolescents.
Fertman, Carl I.; Chubb, Nancy H.
The ecological perspective holds that community and school activities are a rare product of interaction among adolescents, communities, families, and schools. This study was designed to assess the outcomes of a personal empowerment program. The sample consisted of 25 male and 27 female ninth grade students. Students took a pretest and received a total activities score which represented the degree to which they were involved in organized activities at school and in their communities. Subjects were selected from the middle range of activity participation and then randomly assigned to the experimental or control group. Nineteen students completed a 1-week summer workshop on personal empowerment with follow-up sessions during the school year. The summer workshop consisted of small and large group activities focused on leadership, communications, assertiveness, stress management, and decision-making. Students took a posttest 6 months following the week-long workshop. Results indicated that the effect of the personal empowerment program was to maintain the experimental group's level of activity participation while the control group decreased its level of participation. No significant differences were found at posttest for locus of control or self-esteem. The value of the findings in general is that participation in activities, at least by adolescents with moderate activity involvement, can be affected, even through a fairly simple and short intervention. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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