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NCJ Number: 97247 Find in a Library
Title: Behavioral Intervention in Public Schools - 2 Long-Term Follow-Up (From School Programs for Disruptive Adolescents, P 201-214, 1982, by Daniel J Safer - See NCJ-97299)
Author(s): J S Wodarski; J Filipczak
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: University Park Press
Baltimore, MD 21202
Sale Source: University Park Press
300 N Charles
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reports on a long-term followup study of 40 of the 60 adolescents who participated in Maryland's Preparation through Responsive Educational Program (PREP), a federally funded community-based program for predelinquent disruptive and alienated students.
Abstract: The short-term goals of PREP were to achieve gains in academic and social skills, students' attitudes toward school, access to acceptable social roles, and family and peer relationships. Long-term goals were to achieve increased prosocial behavior and decreased problem behavior. A followup study conducted 4 years after program completion assessed both experimental and control students. The data collection instruments were the student Biographical Questionnaire, the Student General Questionnaire, the Socialization Scale, the Student Program Review Questionnaire, and the PREP Parental Inventory. Data analysis examined control and PREP followup subjects across variables that indicated the extent of their gains in social involvement with family and peer relationships and gains in incentives for prosocial behavior, as well as frequency of student interaction with institutional legal agencies. Data comparisons between experimental and control participants reveal no evidence of long-term maintenance of behavioral changes. Finally, implications of the data for evaluative research on therapeutic services provided to children at risk are examined. Three tables and 25 references are included. For an evaluation of the program's short-term effects, see NCJ 97246.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Alternatives to institutionalization; Intervention; Longitudinal studies; Maryland; Program evaluation; School delinquency programs
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