Author Ahmann, Sandra L
Title Through the lens of the adolescent: A survey of at-risk behaviors
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Descript 160 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-01, Section: A, page: 0174
Adviser: Patricia Mitchell
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of San Francisco, 2008
Adolescence is a developmental period when experimentation with and adoption of new roles and behaviors occur. All persons, who either work with or live with youth, have become increasingly aware of the potential that exists for the development of at-risk behaviors during this time. Media coverage, educational reform, mental health programming, governmental mandates, and law enforcement reporting enhance this awareness
The purpose of this study was to define and identify behaviors and causal factors descriptive of youth at risk and to investigate prevention and intervention efforts. With a theoretical foundation based on Erik Erickson's life-span theory, the literature relevant to this study focused on the research about Adolescent Development, Risk Behavior, Systems Issues, Family Structure, School Environment, and Community Support
This study employed a multi methods approach to the research. The study began with a broad cross-sectional survey in an effort to generalize results to the population and then focused, in a second phase, on confidential one-to-one interviews to collect detailed views from the participants. Research probed the types of problems that adolescents may encounter. Participants responded to statements that described how they feel about themselves, others, and the world around them
The survey was administered to 123 secondary students of diverse ethnicities at five alternative education sites that operate under the direction of the Sacramento County Office of Education. The survey used in this research was the Adolescent Psychopathology Scale-Short Form (APS-SF). Results of the APS-SF indicated that Substance Abuse was the most concerning reported behavior for the group and fell in the Moderate Clinical Range. One-to-one interviews revealed that the participants believe that drugs, gangs, and violence are their worst enemy, but for many adolescents, this group indicated that the family is the greatest challenge
No one blueprint can be used for every youth, family, school, or community. In a systems approach, the family and the school need to reach out to other individuals, organizations, and agencies in the community that impact the youths' lives and form partnerships in an effort to meet the needs of at-risk youth
School code: 6019
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 69-01A
Subject Education, Sociology of
Education, Guidance and Counseling
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Sociology, Organizational
Alt Author University of San Francisco