ERIC Number: ED460539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Utility of the Daily Adjustment Indicators (DAI) for Assessing Juveniles in Community-Based Care.
Reay, William E.; Garbin, Calvin P.
This paper discusses the results of a study that investigated youth and adolescent psychosocial variables associated with community exclusion and whether there are consistent pathways of exclusion associated with those psychosocial variables or clusters of variables. The investigators obtained a complete set of demographic data on 35 adolescents served in two group living programs. The group living programs were designed to integrate fully these adolescents into all aspects of community life, including public education. The youth were described as uncontrollable, demonstrating disorders of conduct, including aggression, assault, property damage, law violation, and inappropriate sexual behavior, with most having more than one prior psychiatric hospitalization. Results from the study indicated that while demographic variables had little utility to predict which adolescents would be excluded from community settings (only the number of prior hospitalizations was correlated with the criterion variables), several items from the Daily Adjustment Indicators instrument were useful. A composite of these items (physical aggression, verbal aggression, sexual acting-out, anxious behavior, and police contact) was substantially correlated with both Sutter-Dyberg Student Behavior Inventory Intensity and Problem scores. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aggression, Behavior Disorders, Delinquency, Evaluation Methods, Group Homes, Individual Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Social Integration
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844. Tables and figures are not available from ERIC.