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NCJ Number: 123387 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of "Changing Directions" on the Self-Esteem of a Delinquent Population in a Correctional Setting
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:41  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:47-53
Author(s): G McGuffey; M B Broner; T A Smith
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There is increasing evidence that low self-esteem is a possible basis for risk-taking behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, and juvenile delinquency. Thus, it has been hypothesized that by enhancing an adolescent's self-image, a decrease in the incidence of such behaviors can be realized.
Abstract: The present study examines the effect of one secure juvenile facility's treatment program on adolescent self-esteem. The findings reflect the program's effectiveness with regard to self-esteem elevation. A follow-up study, to determine whether this heightened self-esteem is maintained and/or results in decreased delinquency is forthcoming. 2 tables, 26 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Correctional reform; Juvenile self concept
Index Term(s): Risk taking behavior
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