ERIC Number: ED373527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-1
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Alternatives: Project Description.
Alternatives is a project designed for youngsters, ages 11-15, who display serious conduct problems and severe learning deficiencies. The primary goal of the project is to prevent the development of a chronic antisocial orientation among youngsters who are at high risk for such an outcome. The interventions employed at Alternatives are based on the available literature regarding the psychosocial and educational needs of learning deficient youngsters, the causes and correlates of delinquent behavior, and the nature and consequences of the inner city poverty context from which all project participants come. Project interventions are designed to be comprehensive so as to influence the adolescent's attitudes, aspirations, and behavior as well as the adolescent's key systems, which include the peer context, the school, and the family. Interventions include a problem-solving component, a parent management component, an educational remediation component, a daily life component, a weekend recreational component, and a case management component. The treatment's effectiveness was gauged by selecting a sample of 18 youngsters who had been in treatment for at least 3 months and rating them on 37 problem behaviors. Two-thirds of program participants demonstrated a noticeable lessening of problems and one-third continued about the same level of problems. The treatment evaluation form is appended. Contains 30 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (Washington, DC, March 16-19, 1994).