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A Mixed Methods Examination Of Strengths-Based Prevention Training In A Youth Recreation Program, Daniel S. Payzant May 2011

A Mixed Methods Examination Of Strengths-Based Prevention Training In A Youth Recreation Program, Daniel S. Payzant

Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of strengths-based prevention training within the context of a youth recreation program and to compare and contrast two evaluation approaches: traditional pretest—posttest and retrospective pretest—posttest. A mixed methods triangulation design with data transformation was utilized. Quantitative methods included a traditional pretest conducted at program intake and a retrospective pretest and posttest survey completed by participants at the end of the program. One-on-one interviews were also conducted with a randomly selected subset of the participants to provide qualitative data for the study.

While discrepancies were noted between the results ...