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Title: Evaluation of the Paint Creek Youth Center: A Residential Program for Serious Delinquents
Author(s): P W Greenwood; S Turner
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 59
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Rand Corporation
Washington, DC 20037
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 89-IJ-CX-0049; 85-JN-CX-0016
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A classic experimental design was used to determine if youth assigned to an experimental program that offered a comprehensive and highly structured array of intervention services and activities actually received significantly different treatment and performed better than control youth assigned to traditional training schools.
Abstract: The Paint Creek Youth Center (PCYC) program in a rural area of southwestern Ohio has several distinct phases, beginning with an orientation period and ending with a closely supervised transition period during which youth return to live in their community. Most youths spend about 12 months in the residential phase of the PCYC program. Programming and management techniques that distinguish the PCYC program from traditional training schools include its small size, the absence of locked doors and other physical restraints, a positive peer culture, a problem- oriented record system, clear incentives for positive behavior, frequent use of cognitive/behavioral methods, homogeneous behavioral groups, daily group therapy sessions, a regular school curriculum, substance abuse education, specialized sex offender therapy, family group therapy, work experience, and intensive community reintegration and aftercare. The PCYC program was evaluated based on official records of participating youths, a staff perceptions survey, caseworker/counselor exit interviews, youth initial interviews, and 1-year youth followup interviews. Interviews with youth and program staff suggested that the experimental program delivered significantly more treatment services than traditional training schools. Although 10 percent fewer experimental youth were rearrested within 1 year after release, more of them self-reported committing crimes. No differences in outcome measures were statistically significant. The PCYC evaluation found a program design with strong face validity and internal consistency and a well implemented and managed program. Additional information on the program evaluation is contained in a technical appendix. 31 references and 21 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile recidivists; Juvenile reintegration; Juvenile residential treatment centers; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; Ohio; Program evaluation; Serious juvenile offenders
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