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NCJ Number: 97251 Find in a Library
Title: School-Based Prevention Program to Reduce Delinquency Vulnerability (From School Programs for Disruptive Adolescents, P 279-296, 1982, by Daniel J Safer - See NCJ-97299)
Author(s): S Dinitz
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 18
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 describes and evaluates an experimental program conducted in all inner city junior high schools in Columbus, Ohio, between 1963 and 1966 to prevent student delinquency.
Abstract: The design of the project is examined, and the selection and training of four teachers is described. The development of a plan of classroom conduct regulation is considered, and the teachers' practice of devoting afternoons to home calls on the families of individual boys is reported. In addition, the fact that the experimental boys averaged 1.05 years below grade level in reading ability is highlighted, and the development of remedial reading classes is described. The five main topics contained in the role model supplement were (1) 'The World of Work;' (2) 'The School and You;' (3) 'The House We Live In;' (4) 'Getting Along with Others;' and (5) 'The Family.' Data collected on each boy are noted. The inability of the battery tests administered in the first year to measure possible change in behavior or in outlook is discussed. Distinctions are drawn between 'vulnerable' boys and 'good' boys, and results of the program are reported. The experimental subjects were not significantly different from the controls on any of the outcome variables, which measured police contacts and school performance. Four tables and 29 references are included.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Educationally disadvantaged persons; Intervention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Program evaluation; School delinquency programs
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