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NCJ Number: 30687 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: CONESTOGA COTTAGE PROJECT - FINAL REPORT
Author(s): F HUSSEY
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 73
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania Governor's Justice Cmssn
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Grant Number: SC-176-73A
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CONESTOGA COTTAGE IS A GROUP HOME IN LANCASTER (PA) THAT USES 'REALITY THERAPY' FOR GIRLS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED OR ARE LIKELY TO HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Abstract: GROUP MEETINGS AND INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING SESSIONS ARE UTILIZED IN AN ATTEMPT TO TEACH THE CLIENTELE A DECISIONMAKING TECHNIQUE WHICH MAXIMIZES POSITIVE PAYOFF AND MINIMIZES NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES. IN ADDITION, ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO INTERACT WITH THE GIRLS ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO GIVE THEM NEW EXPERIENCE AND AN EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT LIFE STYLES. A TOTAL OF TWENTY-FOUR GIRLS HAVE BEEN ENROLLED IN CONESTOGA COTTAGE IN THE PAST YEAR. ELEVEN HAVE RUN AWAY FROM THE PROGRAM ONE OR MORE TIMES WHICH HAS RESULTED IN THEIR REMOVAL FROM THE PROGRAM, AND TWO OTHERS WERE DISCHARGED FOR OTHER REASONS. THE PROGRAM USES A FOUR- LEVEL STATUS SYSTEM IN GRANTING THE CLIENTS INCREASING PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. AFTER REACHING STATUS IV, A GIRL GRADUATES FROM THE PROGRAM. AT THE END OF THE FIRST PROJECT YEAR, TWO OF THE GIRLS HAVE REACHED STATUS IV, BUT NEITHER HAS GRADUATED. THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS UNDESIRABLE COMPLETION RATE ARE DISCUSSED AT SOME LENGTH. THIS PROJECT IS COMPARED TO SIMILAR PROJECTS IN MINNESOTA WHICH HAD SIMILAR RESULTS. THE EVALUATION METHODOLOGY WAS A 'ONE-SHOT CASE STUDY' WHICH DID NOT UTILIZE A CONTROLGROUP, EXPERIMENTAL-GROUP DESIGN.
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Females; Juvenile group houses; Juveniles; Pennsylvania; Program evaluation; Youthful offenders
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