Opinions of Female Juvenile Delinquents on Communication, Learning and Violence

Sanger, Dixie; Spilker, Anna; Williams, Nicole; Belau, Don
March 2007
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2007, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p69
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to survey the opinions of female juvenile delinquents residing in a correctional center about the role of teachers and schools in serving students involved in violence. The term violence referred to behaviors and actions including threats or intentional harm to individuals or property (Van Hasselt & Hersen, 1999). A mixed methods design was used with 31 participants ranging in age from 15 to 18 with a mean age of 1712 years. Questionnaires containing five background Items, eight Likert-type statements and three open-ended questions, were read to each adolescent. Likert items addressed participants' views about the role of teachers in serving students involved in violence. Open-ended questions pertained to their primary concerns about the way schools provide services for children and adolescents who are involved in violence, and what made learning in school a positive or negative experience. Descriptive statistics and qualitative findings were analyzed. Participants' mean responses revealed they agreed that: (a) violence is an increasing concern of teachers; (b) teachers should be involved in planning prevention programs, (c) specialists should provide adequate services for children with learning problems involved in violence, and (d) there is a shortage of specialists to serve children involved in violence. Also, mean responses indicated they were uncertain whether teachers truly understood how to serve children or if they were merely trained in managing behavior. Qualitative findings supplemented the quantitative results and the following themes emerged: (a) effectiveness of services, (b) intervention/suggestions, (c) relating to students, (d) motivation, (e) effectiveness of teaching, (f) school environment, (g) subject content, (h) classroom environment, (I) learning challenges/personal issues, and (j) uncertainty [of how to respond to the questions]. Implications suggest the need for educators to consider how they relate to students and possible curriculum modifications to meet the needs of students involved in violence.


Related Articles

  • Delinquency: A Community Responsibility. Morrison, June // Child Welfare;Apr1969, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p219 

    The problem of juvenile delinquency has assumed ever-growing proportions in recent years. The views are advanced that the community's role is all-important in society's efforts to prevent delinquency, and that in the rehabilitation of delinquents, emphasis must be placed on professional...

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment For Offenders: The Successful Approach of Moral Reconation Therapy. Little, Gregory; Robinson, Kenneth D.; Burnette, Katherine D. // IARCA Journal on Community Corrections;Sep1992, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p5 

    The article discusses the use of moral reconation therapy for the cognitive-behavioral treatment of criminal offenders. According to the author, many offender rehabilitation programs in the U.S. have been unable to meet the objectives of reducing the recidivism of criminal offenders. The author...

  • `Reaching Out the Write Way'.  // Reading Today;Oct/Nov98, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p10 

    Focuses on `Reaching Out the Write Way,' a project that encourages inmates in the literacy class at Stillwater-based Minnesota Correctional Facility to write children's stories for their own children. Benefits for project participants; Project's funding through the Minnesota Education...

  • Early intervention could cut the cost of young offenders. McHale, Maria // Public Finance;12/18/98, p10 

    Reports on the need for the British government to reassess its approach to dealing with young offenders according to the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Risk factors identified among young offenders; Cost-effectiveness of early intervention.

  • Literacy Work in Wheatfield Prison, Dublin, Ireland. Kett, Mary // Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2001, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p63 

    This paper describes literacy provision in Wheatfield Prison in Dublin, Ireland. Literacy is provided as an integral part of a broad education program designed to foster personal development and prepare prisoners for post-release. The program's originality lies in its ability to offer...

  • Year One of the Youthful Offender Program: A Teacher's Perspective. Cole, Bradley // Journal of Correctional Education;Sep2001, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p105 

    This article was written from the perspective of a teacher in a newly started educational program, within an adult corrections facility, that grants youths under the age of 18 to study for their high school diploma. Frustrations of starting a school in haste and later discovering successful...

  • Prison Education.  // Education Journal;Oct2005, Issue 89, p39 

    This article focuses on the report, British Government Response to the House of Commons Education and Skills Select Committee's Report: Prison Education. The committee urged that priority be given to research on the impact of education and training on reducing recidivism and expressed concern...

  • Think Exit at Entry. O'Rourke, Tom; Satterfield, Coy E. // Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2005, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p189 

    The article presents information about educational programs meant for juvenile offenders. "Think Exit at Entry" has become the guiding principle for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The Department of Juvenile Justice is very proud of its quality educational program, developed to...

  • The Role of Correctional Education in a Case History of Delinquency Devolution. Brown, Waln K. // Journal of Correctional Education;Mar1995, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p10 

    Highlights the role of correctional education in a case history of delinquency devolution. Role of parental rejection, familial disharmony, and economic instability on juvenile delinquency; Effects of correctional education on delinquency and re-entry into regular school.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics