ERIC Number: ED333321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
The Impact of the Nicholls State-Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program as Related to Academic Achievement, Self-Esteem, and Locus of Control.
Curry, Beth Ann
This study examined the effect of the Nicholls State-Youth Opportunities Unlimited (NS-YOU) program on 30 adolescents aged 14 and 15. The NS-YOU summer program was designed by Nicholls State University to address the dropout problem among adolescents from low income families. This program provided remediation, counseling, and job training to 14- and 15-year-old adolescents in a 7-week on-campus setting. Both the NS-YOU subjects and a control group of 30 participants were pretested before the program began, and posttested at the termination of the program. Areas studied included academic achievement, self-esteem, and locus of control. The NS-YOU group either made gains or maintained functioning levels in all areas while participating in the program. During the same time period, the control group decreased in all areas. In the academic areas of reading and mathematics, the NS-YOU group's scores increased while the control group's scores decreased. In the area of self-esteem, the NS-YOU group's scores decreased slightly, while those of the control group decreased drastically. The NS-YOU group decreased their level of locus of control, while those in the control group increased their scores, indicating a more external locus of control. Overall, immediate effects of the NS-YOU program proved to be positive and helpful to the participants. In a 6-month follow-up the NS-YOU participants maintained the gains made on the posttest and surpassed their control group counterparts in all areas. (LLL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Counseling Services, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Grade 8, High Risk Students, Job Training, Junior High School Students, Locus of Control, Low Income, Potential Dropouts, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Esteem, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. thesis, Nicholls State University.