ERIC Number: ED362803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Coping with Multiple At-Risk Behaviors among Middle School Students through School and Systemic Interventions.
Inappropriate behaviors, family crises, medical traumas, and poor grades or previous grade retentions affected the potential academic achievement of sixth-grade students identified as at-risk by school staff. A two-fold intervention program was developed to help these students (N=59). First, support and cocurricular programs were expanded to encourage more student identification with and participation in school. School staff counseled students in small groups on a regular basis to offer academic and emotional support. Adult and peer tutoring programs were established to support academic progress. Second, collaborative efforts with the local mental health center resulted in the Families and Neighborhood Schools project and a school-based adolescent counselor. This project offered student and family support through interagency referrals; integrated human services; individual and family clinical therapy; and multisystemic, voluntary student group counseling. The combination of school and clinical interventions addressed the needs of all students at this school, with approximately 350 of the school's 950 students participating in the group counseling program. The group of at-risk sixth graders met or exceeded the project's goals for attendance, academic achievement, and discipline. The group achieved 95.7% yearly attendance and a 2.06 grade point average. The group accumulated 11% of the school's days lost to in-school suspension and only 7% of the days lost to out-of-school suspension. (This document includes 25 tables and 16 appendices of relevant materials.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Major Applied Research Project Report, Nova University.