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NCJ Number: 203950 Find in a Library
Title: School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:54  Issue:4  Dated:December 2003  Pages:163-173
Author(s): Sheryl Feinstein
Date Published: December 2003
Page Count: 11
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effectiveness of a positive-behavior-support plan implemented in a correctional facility for male juveniles.
Abstract: Positive Peer Culture was implemented in the program to deal with behavioral issues, based on the belief that peers should hold students accountable when they act inappropriately in 12 designated areas. The program determined that problem behavior occurred in three areas: on-task behavior, increasing social skills, and reducing inappropriate behavior. In order to reduce problem behavior and replace it with socially appropriate behavior, a scale was designed to rate behaviors. Rewards for good behavior were dispensed on an incremental basis hourly, daily, and monthly. Once a reward was earned, it could not be withdrawn, so positive reinforcement was assured. Program evaluation was conducted over a 4-month period. The evaluation found that positive behavior supports immediately increased appropriate behavior and sustained it throughout the duration of the study. Every student met with behavioral success the majority of the school day. The participants, who were 14- to 18- years-old, benefited from a structure that encouraged the substitution of appropriate behavior for inappropriate behavior. Because the program design provided the incentive for a fresh start each day, consecutive days of problem behavior by a student were limited. 5 tables and 12 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Juvenile correctional education; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Juvenile rehabilitation; Peer influences on behavior; Token economies
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