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NCJ Number: 31473 Find in a Library
Title: EDUCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF DELINQUENTS IN A COMMUNITY SETTING
Journal: CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1976)  Pages:42-48
Author(s): M CSAPO; B AGG
Corporate Author: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Canada
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4X9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: RESULTS OF AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDED A TOKEN ECONOMY SCHOOL SITUATION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY WHERE TEN 'HARD CORE' DELINQUENT YOUTHS RECEIVED POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR APPROPRIATE ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL RESPONSES.
Abstract: IT WAS HYPOTHESIZED THAT SUCH A SITUATION WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL BEHAVIORS OF THE SUBJECTS AND ON THE FREQUENCY AND QUALITY OF DELINQUENCY ACTS OFFICIALLY RECORDED. TEN 'HARD CORE' DELINQUENT SCHOOL DROP-OUTS ON PROBATION FORMED THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP. THE CONTROL GROUPS WERE UTILIZED: ONE OF TEN JUVENILES ON PROBATION NOT ENROLLED IN ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM AND THE OTHER OF TEN JUVENILES ON PROBATION ENROLLED IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM. PROGRESS WAS EVALUATED AFTER INTERVALS OF SIX AND TWELVE MONTHS. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP RECEIVED INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAMS IN READING, ARITHMETIC AND LANGUAGE. MONETARY REINFORCEMENT OF THE TOKEN ECONOMY WAS PAIRED WITH SOCIAL APPROVAL GIVEN BY TEACHERS AND COUNSELLORS. THE RESULTS SHOWED SIGNIFICANT GAINS IN READING, ARITHMETIC, AND LANGUAGE ABILITIES FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP. AFTER SIX MONTHS, SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN FREQUENCY AND QUALITY OF DELINQUENT ACTS WAS NOTED BETWEEN THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP AND THE GROUP WHICH DID NOT ATTEND SCHOOL. AFTER TWELVE MONTHS, HOWEVER, NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WERE FOUND BETWEEN THE GROUPS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Canada; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Education; Experimental education; High school education; Juveniles; Probationers; Problem behavior; Recidivism; Token economies
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