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NCJ Number: 154122 Find in a Library
Title: Meta-Analytic Assessment of Delinquency-Related Outcomes of Alternative Education Programs
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:41  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:219-234
Author(s): S M Cox; W S Davidson; T S Bynum
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The effectiveness of alternative schools on juvenile delinquency and juvenile delinquency factors was examined by means of a meta-analysis of prior empirical research on these programs.
Abstract: The analysis focused on 57 evaluation studies identified through a computer search of three major databases covering the years 1966-93. All consisted of a separate curriculum and were housed outside a conventional school. The studies assessed at least one type of outcome: student attitudes toward school, school performance, self-esteem, and juvenile delinquency. Results revealed that alternative education programs have a small overall effect on school performance, attitudes toward school, and self-esteem, but no effect on juvenile delinquency. In addition, alternative education programs that target a specific population of at-risk delinquents or low school achievers produce larger effects than programs with open admissions. Tables and 55 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Alternative schools; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile rehabilitation; Services effectiveness
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