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NCJ Number: 75126 Find in a Library
Title: Community-based Child-care Programs - An Evaluation System (From Criminal Justice Research, 1980, P 125-140, Barbara R Price and Phyllis J Baunach, ed. - See NCJ-75119)
Author(s): K W Johnson; W T Rusinko; C M Girard
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An evaluation instrument is described which is based on a social-ecological approach and on input from both residents and staff of a child-care delivery program concerned with the supervision of juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The instrument focused on two levels of activity: microlevel staff and resident perceptions concerned with individual contacts and relationships, and macrolevel elements concerned with broad program components. Behavioral and psychological outcome measures developed for residents include responsible or rebellious behavior, self-reliance, self-confidence in communication, and dependability. Outcome measures for staff were job satisfaction and burnout. Resident input indicated that each individual perceived the treatment atmosphere and the extent of individual freedom within it differently. Working conditions such as intrastaff communication and feedback from superiors were important to staff. Also, each staff member had an individual percepton of the program, including defined relationships with residents and program administrators. Staff who perceived their communications with superiors and peers as liberal, experienced the greatest job satisfaction; staff members who worked the longest hours ran the greatest risk of burnout. Staff were more satisfied when volunteer services were utilized. Notes, charts, and 36 references are included.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Child care services; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Evaluation; Job pressure; Program evaluation; Services effectiveness; Staff client relations; Work attitudes
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