Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

College Student Beliefs about Scared Straight as a Deterrence Program for Juvenile Delinquency
by Pinones, Martha Alicia, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 68; 10129570
Abstract (Summary)

The current study was conducted to assess if college students believed Scared Straight was an effective treatment for teens who commit crimes. This study also aimed to examine if a teaching component during the experimental group would change the students beliefs. There were 41 participants in this study all of which were recruited from an introductory psychology class. Participants were asked to complete the Treatment Evaluation Inventory- Short Form at pretest and posttest to assess the participants’ level of rated effectiveness. There was a significant relationship found between and within groups during pretest and posttest. Findings suggest that after viewing an episode of Beyond Scared Straight participants in both groups rated Scared Straight to be effective. After the Experimental group was presented with findings about the ineffectiveness of Scared Straight programs their effectiveness scores significantly decreased.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hupp, Stephen
Commitee: Everett, Gregory, Jewell, Jeremy
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Deterrence, Intimidation, Juvenile delinquency, Perceptions, Scared straight
Publication Number: 10129570
ISBN: 978-1-339-87461-6
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