ERIC Number: ED442036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Juvenile Correctional Facilities. 1998 Minnesota Student Survey.
Fulkerson, Jayne A.; Harrison, Patricia A.; Hedger, Scott A.
This document reports on a voluntary survey designed to compare responses of adolescents in corrections with adolescents in public schools in 1998. Findings are highlighted in sections entitled: (1) "Youth, Their Families, and Their Environment"; (2) "Psychological Distress"; (3) "Sexual Activity"; (4) "School Perceptions"; and (5) "Antisocial and Illegal Behavior." A comparison of corrections survey results from 1998 and 1995 established very consistent information. Key differences between adolescents in corrections with those in public schools are that most adolescent males and females in corrections facilities grow up in unhealthy environments. They are more likely to have been sexually (females) or physically abused. Many come from single parent homes. They had elevated levels of emotional distress. Their rate of suicide is higher. Antisocial behavior was common, as was substance abuse. On a positive note, adolescents in corrections had very similar responses with respect to their generally positive impressions of interpersonal relationships with family members. Implications of survey results are that early detection and effective intervention, for those traumatized by sexual or physical abuse, is essential. Improved access to assessment and services is recommended. Collaborative efforts within social services, community mental health, and schools is essential. The improvement of these services may reduce recidivism. (Contains 32 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Correctional Institutions, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Emotional Problems, Family Involvement, Public Schools, Recidivism, Secondary Education, Sexual Abuse, Student Surveys, Substance Abuse, Tables (Data), Youth Problems
Minnesota Dept. of Human Services, 444 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-3823. Tel: 612-297-3050; Fax: 612-297-1862; TDD: 612-296-5705.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; 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: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.; Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota