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ERIC Number: EJ871973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Evaluation of a Truancy Court Intervention in Four Middle Schools
Hendricks, Michelle A.; Sale, Elizabeth W.; Evans, Carol J.; McKinley, Lori; Carter, Sherri DeLozier
Psychology in the Schools, v47 n2 p173-183 Feb 2010
The effectiveness of a school-based truancy court intervention in four middle schools in a mid-sized school district was evaluated. Cumulative data from 185 youth attending a truancy court from 2004 through 2008 were included in the analyses. Results indicated a differential impact of the truancy court intervention depending on truancy severity at baseline. The intervention was most successful in increasing attendance for students with severe truancy, but had limited impact on students with moderate truancy, and no impact on mild truancy. The intervention did not result in improved school attachment or grade point averages, nor did it significantly reduce discipline offenses. Furthermore, the aftercare intervention, consisting of regular meetings with an authority figure (e.g., a juvenile officer), was only effective at maintaining truancy court attendance gains for students with severe truancy at baseline, although it was associated with a substantial decrease in discipline offenses for all groups. These results suggest that truancy courts similar to the one described here may have an impact on truancy for severely truant students, but may have a limited effect on students with mild or moderate truancy. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri