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NCJ Number: 220618 Find in a Library
Title: Circle of Courage: Reaching Youth in Residential Care
Journal: Residential Treatment for Children & Youth  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:2005  Pages:1-14
Author(s): Bethany Lee; Kelly Perales
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 14
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed the prevalence of the Circle-of-Courage values (belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity) among youth in a residential facility, as well as the link between these ideals and indicators of placement success.
Abstract: The study found a positive relationship between youth reports of experiencing the Circle-of-Courage values and success in placement. After being at a residential facility that emphasized the values of the Circle of Courage, a traditional Native American philosophy of life, most youth reported feeling the acceptance and friendliness of the staff and other residents (belonging). They also reported acquiring new knowledge and skills (mastery). An emerging sense of independence was demonstrated in youths' confidence that they would be able to care for themselves and their needs; however, of the 29 youth involved in the study, only 8 participated in any volunteer efforts outside of the residential setting. Additional program components should focus on developing generosity among the residents. Mooseheart Child City & School, Inc. (Illinois), the site of this study, is a residential campus for 240 children who range in age from infants to high school seniors. Youth are privately placed in Mooseheart and often remain in residence for several years. The program features a model of care that incorporates a social skills curriculum and a character-development component that reflects the values of the Circle of Courage. After 12 weeks in placement, 29 youth completed a semistructured interview about their experiences with the 4 Circle-of-Courage values. Twelve weeks later (after 24 weeks of placement), 26 youth still in placement were reinterviewed about their experiences in placement. Administrative records were examined in order to determine each youth's success in placement. 2 tables and 20 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile residential treatment centers
Index Term(s): American Indians; Illinois; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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