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NCJ Number: 51397 Find in a Library
Title: CHILDCARE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM - AN EXPERIMENT IN CROSS-AGE INTERVENTION (FROM SCHOOL CRIME AND DISRUPTION, 1978, BY ERNST WENK AND NORA HORLOW - SEE NCJ-51386)
Author(s): H DUGGAN; J SHLIEN
Corporate Author: Responsible Action
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Responsible Action
Davis, CA 95616
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM USING DELINQUENT AND DISTURBED ADOLESCENTS TO WORK WITH HANDICAPPED AND DEPRIVED CHILDREN IS DESCRIBED, AND ITS EFFECT ON THE ADOLESCENTS IS CONSIDERED.
Abstract: FORMULATED OUT OF THE BELIEF THAT THE EXERCISE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ATTRIBUTE OF EMPATHY IS IMPORTANT IN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND IN THE EXERCISE OF RESPONSIBILITY, THE PROGRAM ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMPATHY IN DISTURBED ADOLESCENTS. IT EMPHASIZED THAT THE SELECTION CRITERIA FOR SCREENING ADOLESCENTS WHO ENTERED THE PROGRAM WAS CRUCIAL TO THE OUTCOME. THE MEASURE OF EMPATHY USED IN THIS EXPERIMENT (DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE), WAS TAILORED SPECIFICALLY TO ITS POPULATION AND PROVED AN EFFECTIVE PREDICTOR OF CHILDCARE ABILITY. WITH PROPER SELECTION, ORIENTATION, AND PAIRING, THE MORE SERIOUSLY DISTURBED ADOLESCENTS DEVELOPED INTO SOME OF THE MOST DEDICATED AND ETHUSIASTIC CHILDCARE WORKERS. HIGH 'PERCEIVED SIMILARITY' BETWEEN ADOLESCENT AND CHILD WAS FREQUENTLY FOUND TO EXIST AT MORE SUBTLE AND COMPLEX DIMENSIONS THAN RACE OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THE VALUE OF THE CROSS-AGE CHILDCARE PROGRAM IN REDUCING DISRUPTIVE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR AND DELINQUENT ACTS ON AND AROUND SCHOOL GROUNDS WAS FOUND TO BE EXCEPTIONAL. APPARENTLY, DEVIANT BEHAVIOR THAT IS REACTIVE OR SITUATIONAL IS BELIEVED DETERRED BY OFFERING MEANINGFUL WORK THAT BUILDS ON SOME POSITIVE SKILL OR ATTRIBUTE POSSESSED BY THE OFFENDER. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Problem behavior; Programs
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