ERIC Number: ED421680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Juvenile Correctional Facilities, 1995. Minnesota Student Survey.
Harrison, Patricia A.; Fulkerson, Jayne A.; Beebe, Timothy J.
Voluntary survey responses of adolescents in corrections facilities (N=893) are compared to those of adolescents in public schools. Findings are highlighted in the following areas: (1) "Youth, Their Families and Their Environments," which includes sections on population description, family composition and relationships, family alcohol and drug problems, family violence, sexual abuse, date violence and rape, and multiple victimizations; (2) "Psychological Distress," which covers data on low self-esteem, emotional distress, and suicidal behavior and self-injury; (3) "Sexual Activity," which deals with rates of sexual activity, pregnancy, and condom use; (4) "School Perceptions and Behaviors," which reviews perceptions about school and learning problems; (5) "Antisocial and Illegal Behaviors," which includes reports on delinquent behavior, recent trends in substance use, cigarette use, alcohol and drug use prevalence, high-risk substance use, and consequences of substance use for the juvenile corrections population. Some survey results were more positive than might be expected; but very high rates of emotional distress, self-destructive behaviors, and environmental trauma were found. An executive summary, a summary of the findings, and recommendations are included. Eight specific recommendations are focused on reducing recidivism and returning youth to the community more prepared to cope with the adversities they confront. (Contains 34 references.) (EMK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Emotional Problems, Public Schools, Self Destructive Behavior, Substance Abuse, Surveys, Youth Problems
Minnesota Dept. of Human Services, 444 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-3823; 612-297-3050; Fax: 612-297-1862; TDD: 612-296-5705.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul. Chemical Dependency Program Div.