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NCJ Number: 31212 Find in a Library
Title: SYNERGY PAYS OFF - AIR FORCE FIGHTS DELINQUENCY
Journal: JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION  Dated:(SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 1975)  Pages:19-21 AND 37
Author(s): C M UNKOVIC; W R BROWN; C G MIERSWA
Corporate Author: National Rehabilitation Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Rehabilitation Assoc
Washington, DC 20005
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DEVELOPMENT, OPERATIONS, AND RESULTS OF THE MICHIGAN YOUTH SERVICES (MYS) SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM FOR DELINQUENT AND PREDELINQUENT YOUTHS ARE DESCRIBED.
Abstract: THIS PROGRAM WAS TAILORED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUTHS LIVING IN SMALL COMMUNITIES AND/OR RURAL AREAS. PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, AN MYS SELECTION COMMITTEE EXTENDS INVITATIONS TO SELECTED YOUTHS TO ATTEND THE MYS CAMP AT WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE FOR A WEEK. THE CAMP ACCEPTS 10 PERCENT 'ACHIEVERS', 40 PERCENT PREDELINQUENTS, 25 PERCENT EXPELLED OR SUSPENDED YOUTHS, AND 25 PERCENT ADJUDICATED DELINQUENTS. CAMPERS ARE DIVIDED INTO GROUPS OF FIVE; ONE COUNSELOR IS ASSIGNED TO EACH GROUP. YOUTHS PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS, VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS, AND CAMPING. IT WAS HOPED THAT BY SEPARATING YOUTHS FROM THEIR PAST ASSOCIATIONS AND PLACING THEM IN NEW ENVIRONMENTS, POSITIVE ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS WOULD DEVELOP. AN EVALUATION OF THE MYS CAMP BY THE FLORIDA TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY SHOWED SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN THE BOYS' PRECAMP AND POSTCAMP SELF-OPINIONS, OVERALL ATTITUDES, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, AND BEHAVIORS SUCH AS DELINQUENCY INVOLVEMENT.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Attitudes toward authority; Behavior modification; Community resources; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Michigan; Program evaluation; Rehabilitation; Rural crime; Treatment/Therapeutic Community; Youth camping programs
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