ERIC Number: ED347462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Project About Face: Evaluation Report.
Petry, John R.; Kenney, Gordon E.
Project About Face is a joint effort on the part of the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court, Youth Services, Inc., the Naval Air Station at Millington, Correctional Counseling, Inc., and the Bureau of Educational Research Services at Memphis State University. The goals of the project were to implement a program of education and training that is correctional in nature and reduces juvenile recidivism rates. To date 233 male juvenile offenders have entered the program. Participants spend 8 weeks during the residential phase involved in structured daily living, counseling, and academics, and participants attend counseling groups during the 6 months of aftercare. All participants are given the Stanford Achievement Test at the beginning and end of the program's residential phase. Physical conditioning is assessed at the same intervals. The Life Purpose Questionnaire, the Short Sensation-Seeking Scale, the MacAndrew Test, and the Defining Issues Test are administered three times. All educational and physical variables have increased significantly. At-riskness for addiction significantly increased, then significantly decreased. Approval-seeking consistently decreased, while law and order significantly increased, then slightly decreased. Authoritarianism slightly decreased, then significantly increased. Approximately 75% of all participants satisfactorily completed the program. As the remaining participants complete the program, the work to construct a profile of those that would most benefit from an alternative correctional program will begin. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Dept. of Finance and Administration, Nashville.
Authoring Institution: Memphis State Univ., TN. Bureau of Educational Research and Services.