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Title: National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Finn-Aage Esbensen
Corporate Author: University of Nebraska - Omaha
Dept of Criminal Justice
United States of America

University of Missouri - St. Louis
Dept of Criminology & Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2001
Page Count: 332
  Annotation: This manual contains an evaluation report of one school-based gang prevention program, the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.), in which law enforcement officers teach a 9-week curriculum to middle school students.
Abstract: This research brief reports on a program which has three primary objectives: to reduce gang activity, to educate young people about the consequences of gang involvement, and to improve young people's attitudes and perceptions about the police. The evaluation was conducted from October of 1994 through December of 2001, by means of a process evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness of G.R.E.A.T., measuring attitudinal and behavioral consequences. A cross-sectional study was conducted of 5,935 eighth grade students in 11 cities, and a 5-year longitudinal, quasi-experimental panel study was conducted in 6 cities. Additionally, parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers were surveyed for their attitudes toward school-based prevention programs in general and the G.R.E.A.T. program specifically. A summary statement reports that the cross-sectional study indicated that students completing the G.R.E.A.T. program were less likely to join gangs, but the longitudinal study failed to find such a programmatic effect. However, student outcome studies found that students did express more pro-social attitudes, including toward the police, and more unfavorable attitudes toward gangs than did those not participating in the program. Teachers, parents, and law enforcement officers showed a high level of support for the G.R.E.A.T. program.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs ; Police training evaluation ; Crime prevention education ; Gang Prevention
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures ; Gangs ; Corrections training evaluation
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 94-IJ-CX-0058
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University of Missouri - St. Louis
Dept of Criminology & Criminal Justice
324 Lucas
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St. Louis, MO 63121
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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