ERIC Number: EJ1032883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
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Evaluation of a Truancy Diversion Program at Nine At-Risk Middle Schools
Haight, Courtney M.; Chapman, Gillian V.; Hendron, Marisa; Loftis, Rachel; Kearney, Christopher A.
Psychology in the Schools, v51 n7 p779-787 Aug 2014
Many schools are faced with the prospect of soaring absenteeism rates, despite the use of traditional truancy courts and other legal interventions. A recent trend in the literature has been to explore alternative, hybrid, and multidisciplinary approaches to address the underlying obstacles to school attendance. These programs are often integrated into schools to reduce stigma and transportation burdens on families. The present study involved an evaluation of a truancy diversion program in nine at-risk middle schools in an ethnically diverse sample. Graduates from the program demonstrated significant declines in internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. In addition, participants and their parents expressed high levels of perceived improvement in academic performance. Academic tutoring was found to differentiate program graduates from nongraduates. Results are preliminary but discussed within the context of the role of school attachment in truancy diversion programs.
Descriptors: Truancy, At Risk Students, Middle School Students, Program Evaluation, Attendance, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Behavior Problems, Intervention, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Restructuring, Achievement Gains, Participant Satisfaction, Tutoring
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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