ERIC Number: EJ895349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 12
Conduct Disorders: Are Boot Camps Effective?
Jeter, LaVaughn V.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n2 p32-36 2010
Youth diagnosed with "conduct disorder" are often placed in programs using forced compliance and coercive control. One type of intervention used to treat conduct disorder is the boot camp. The basic idea is that disruptive behaviors can be corrected by strict behavioral regulation and an emphasis on skills training (Weis & Toolis 2009; Weis, Whitemarsh, & Wilson, 2005). The intention of boot camps is to shock juveniles into complying and exhibiting more prosocial behaviors. Unfortunately, this method of rehabilitation is not based on empirical evidence nor supported by research (Garascia, 2005). This article highlights the confusion surrounding the diagnosis of "conduct disorder," and the lack of evidence for punitive interventions in popular use.
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Youth Programs, Behavior Modification, Prosocial Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, Social Development, Rehabilitation, Punishment, Compliance (Psychology), Aggression, Discipline, Program Effectiveness, Military Training
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