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NCJ Number: 31540 Find in a Library
Title: ST LOUIS EXPERIMENT - TREATING ANTISOCIAL CHILDREN IN THE OPEN COMMUNITY
Author(s): D A FELDMAN
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Publication Number: RESEARCH REPORT-3; DHEW (ADM) 74-90
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THIS PROJECT IN WHICH REFERRED JUVENILES PARTICIPATE IN TREATMENT GROUPS AT A LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTER AND ENGAGE IN GROUP ACTIVITIES WITH OTHER PRO-SOCIAL YOUTHS.
Abstract: WITHIN THE TREATMENT PROGRAM, TWO TREATMENT METHODS WERE STUDIED: TRADITIONAL SOCIAL-GROUP WORK AND GROUP-LEVEL BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION. A THIRD SECTION OF GROUPS RECEIVED NO SYSTEMATIC TREATMENT. MOST OF THE REFERRED BOYS WERE ASSIGNED TO TREATMENT GROUPS COMPOSED SOLELY OF OTHER REFERRED ANTISOCIAL BOYS, BUT ABOUT 10 PERCENT WERE ASSIGNED TO REGULAR PROSOCIAL YOUTH GROUPS AT THE CENTER. A MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM WAS TO ASCERTAIN THE EXTENT TO WHICH TYPICAL COMMUNITY AGENCIES CAN DELIVER EFFECTIVE GROUP TREATMENT SERVICES WITHOUT, AT THE SAME TIME, MAKING MAJOR CHANGES IN THEIR USUAL STAFFING OR OPERATING PATTERNS. ANOTHER IMPORTANT GOAL WAS TO EXAMINE THE ACTUAL EFFECTS OF SUCH GROUP TREATMENT ON BOTH THE REFERRED AND THE UNREFERRED BOYS WHO TOOK PART IN THEM. IN GENERAL, THE REFERRED BOYS, THEIR PARENTS, AND THE REFERRING AGENTS REPORTED THAT MOST OF THE BOYS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY AS A RESULT OF THE PROGRAM. YET, WEEKLY BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE BOYS REVEALED RELATIVELY LITTLE BEHAVIORAL CHANGE IN ONE DIRECTION OR THE OTHER AND FEW VARIATIONS ACCORDING TO TYPE OF TREATMENT METHOD OR LEADER TRAINING. MORE IMPORTANT, PERHAPS, THE WEEKLY BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATIONS DID SHOW THAT REFERRED BOYS WHO WERE TREATED AMONG PROSOCIAL PEERS SHOWED CONSIDERABLY LESS ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR THAN DID THEIR COUNTERPARTS WHO WERE TREATED AMONG ANTISOCIAL PEERS. THE FORMER BOYS IN FACT SHOWED EVEN LOWER INCIDENCES OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR THAN DID THE NONREFERRED BOYS. IN CONTRAST, REFERRED BOYS WHO WERE TREATED AMONG ANTISOCIAL PEERS CONSISTENTLY DISPLAYED MORE ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR THAN DID ANY OF THE OTHER CATEGORIES OF CHILDREN. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Group therapy; Missouri; Peer influences on behavior; Youth centers
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