ERIC Number: ED422651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Schools and Area Learning Centers. 1996 Minnesota Student Survey.
Fulkerson, Jayne A.; Harrison, Patricia A.; Beebe, Timothy J.
Alternative schools and area learning centers are individualized, nontraditional programs that lead to a high school diploma. To assess how students were doing in these schools and learning centers, the Minnesota Student Survey was administered in 1996 to 3,764 voluntary participants. The highlights of the results are reported here. To gain an accurate comparison with other youth, these alternative education adolescents were matched with children of the same gender and age who were randomly selected from regular public schools. Findings show that students in alternative education centers reported a number of problems. Rates of family substance abuse were two times higher for these adolescents than for students in regular schools. Furthermore, adolescents in alternative education centers were twice as likely as their regular school counterparts to have been physically abused, to have witnessed abuse within their families, or to have been sexually abused themselves. The results of the survey support the benefits of the alternative education centers. They also have implications for further curricula development and interventions with individual students. Five suggested improvements to services for adolescents are included. The findings are presented in five parts: youth, their families and their environments, which focuses on demographics, family relationships, violence and abuse; psychological distress, which addresses self-esteem and self-injurious behavior; sexual activity; school perceptions and behaviors; and antisocial and illegal behaviors, such as substance use and delinquent behavior. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul.; Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota