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NCJ Number: 68701 Find in a Library
Title: RISE AND FALL OF A MILIEU THERAPY PROGRAM FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENTS
Journal: RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY CHILD CARE ADMINISTRATION  Volume:1  Issue:3  Dated:(FALL 1979)  Pages:265-276
Author(s): R J MARSHALL
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 12
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE EVOLUTION AND DECLINE OF A MILIEU THERAPY PROGRAM FROM 1967 TO 1971 AT A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FOR MALE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, AGES 12 THROUGH 17.
Abstract: HIGH RECIDIVISM RATES AND STAGNANT INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES PROMPTED A GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE SCHOOL'S PROCEDURE, WHICH THEY HOPED WOULD LEAD TO A LOWER RECIDIVISM RATE, MORE EFFICIENT STAFF FUNCTIONING, AND HIGHER MORALE. THE SCHOOL HAD ABOUT 34 TEACHERS FOR 270 STUDENTS; EACH BOY WAS ASSIGNED A SOCIAL WORKER AND RECEIVED PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC ATTENTION. THE CHANGES INCLUDED HAVING ONE DIRECTOR AND TWO SUPERVISORS; ACCEPTING BOYS FROM A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF THE CITY ONLY; CONDUCTING PSYCHOSOCIAL EVALUATIONS OF EACH BOY, HIS FAMILY AND NEIGHBORHOOD; ESTABLISHING A VISITING POLICY; USING INTENSIVE QUARTERLY REVIEWS OF EACH BOY; IMPROVING COMMUNICATION; AND ACCEPTING ONLY STAFF WHO WOULD MAKE A 2-YEAR COMMITMENT. MORE BLACKS AND HISPANICS WERE ADMITTED TO THE SCHOOL; A TEEN CLUB WAS ESTABLISHED IN A MANHATTAN APARTMENT; PARENT COUNSELING AND FAMILY THERAPY WAS PRACTICED AND AN ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED. THE PROGRAM DECLINED DUE TO THE POOR NATIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC SITUATION, AND THE DEPARTURE OF THE PROJECT'S INNOVATOR. PROBLEMS WERE EXPERIENCED WITH CLASS AND RACE CONFLICTS, POOR WORKING RELATIONS WITH THE SCHOOL AND THE LACK OF MEANINGFUL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR THE BOYS. THE STAFF SUFFERED EMOTIONAL STRESS, BLAMED THE ADMINISTRATION, UNDERWENT FREQUENT TURNOVER, AND WAS POORLY COMPENSATED. LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF WAS THE CENTRAL FLAW. THREE REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Alternative schools; Failure factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Male juvenile delinquents; New York; Program evaluation; School delinquency programs
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