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2004

Atlanta University Center

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Truancy And The Georgia Compulsory School Attendance Law., Jill Forniss Jul 2004

Truancy And The Georgia Compulsory School Attendance Law., Jill Forniss

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Truancy has become a major problem for many schools in the United States. Many states have adopted truancy laws and programs to help combat this growing problem. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of two interventions used to address attendance problems and to assess their effectiveness among elementary school truants. The sample population was taken from the System Administration Student Information (SASI) report of three elementary schools in the Atlanta Public School System. SASI reports from the 2002-2003 school year were compared to the SASI report of the 2003-2004 school year. The hypothesis that notifying parents ...


A Descriptive Study Of The Effect Of Sex Education On The Attitudes Of Young People As It Relates To Teen Pregnancy, Stephanie Yvette Thomas May 2004

A Descriptive Study Of The Effect Of Sex Education On The Attitudes Of Young People As It Relates To Teen Pregnancy, Stephanie Yvette Thomas

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The United States has more than doubled the teenage pregnancy rate of any western industrialized country, with more than a million teenagers becoming pregnant each year. There is no adequate sex education targeting teenagers in public schools which, this researcher has found, leads to a high teenage pregnancy rate. In this study, 33 teenagers from ages 12 through 18 were asked their opinion on sex, teen pregnancy, and sex education. Literature on teen pregnancy and sex education was reviewed to investigate the research question and the subsequent methodology. The issue of sex education and some case studies were presented in ...


An Exploratory Descriptive Study Of Social Support Systems And Barriers To Success Rates Among Homeless And Former Homeless Black Males With Substance Abuse Issues, James B. Stone May 2004

An Exploratory Descriptive Study Of Social Support Systems And Barriers To Success Rates Among Homeless And Former Homeless Black Males With Substance Abuse Issues, James B. Stone

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This study examines the difference between chronic homeless black men with substance abuse issues and former homeless black men who have transitioned into successful independent living.

An exploratory descriptive study was conducted at Jefferson Place Emergency and Transitional Housing. The study used a variation of the Young Adult Social Support Inventory measurement instruments to gather data for the purpose of measuring the strength of different support systems looking at 3 major variables, church, family, and the 12-step community.

The researcher found that using the Pearson Chi square test there was a significance of .978 for church, .535 for family, and ...


A Descriptive Study On The Effects Of Adventure-Based Counseling And The Enhancement Of Coping Skills For At-Risk Youth, Matthew Taylor May 2004

A Descriptive Study On The Effects Of Adventure-Based Counseling And The Enhancement Of Coping Skills For At-Risk Youth, Matthew Taylor

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This study examines the effects of adventure-based counseling on the enhancement of coping skills of at-risk youth. Adventure-based counseling is an innovative form of therapy designed to enhance the coping skills of at-risk youth receiving treatment at residential facilities. This unique form of therapy is a burgeoning alternative to traditional forms of therapy. It places patients in a group setting (supervised by a counselor), for the purpose of attaining a specific goal through interaction with group members. Adventure-based counseling, a form of experiential learning, has not been widely adopted by facilities seeking to provide treatment services to youth diagnosed with ...


An Exploratory Study Of The Humor Advantage: Clinicians Self-Report On Use Of Humor In Therapy, Crystal D. Williams May 2004

An Exploratory Study Of The Humor Advantage: Clinicians Self-Report On Use Of Humor In Therapy, Crystal D. Williams

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This study explored social workers’ use of humor with clients in therapy. The main objective of this study was to ascertain whether clinicians initiate humor in therapy. If, indeed humor was initiated, why, to what extent and how facilitative is the clinician’s use of humor in regards to the working-relationship, which includes the therapeutic process. This study adopted Lazarus’s Cognitive Appraisal Theory in order to determine if the use of humor aids the client in the appraisal process. The sample included 11 members from the National Association of Black Social Workers and 19 members from the Clinical Social ...


A Program Evaluation Of The Georgia Justice Project's Employment Assistance Program, Shaheedah Sharif May 2004

A Program Evaluation Of The Georgia Justice Project's Employment Assistance Program, Shaheedah Sharif

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This evaluation examines the Georgia Justice Project's (GJP) employment program. GJP has been assisting its clients since 1986. GJP is an unlikely mix of lawyers, social workers, and a landscaping company. The Georgia Justice Project defends people accused of crimes and, win or lose, they stand by their clients while they rebuild their lives. GJP's mission is to ensure justice for the indigent criminally accused and to take a holistic approach to assisting them in establishing crime-free lives as productive citizens. GJP's goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of individual clients and their ...


An Exploratory Study Of Multicultural Curriculum And Instruction, Bettyjean Roberson-Weser May 2004

An Exploratory Study Of Multicultural Curriculum And Instruction, Bettyjean Roberson-Weser

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This study examines whether or not student teachers are prepared to work with students from diverse populations. Teachers' perceptions of culture-related identities and their manifestations in the classroom are relevant to school achievement in students. Teachers understanding of students from various cultural backgrounds can provide a caring an supportive learning environment that will more than likely promote the students cultural identity and encourage high academic performance. However, teachers misunderstandings of and reactions to students' cultural behavior can lead to school and social failure.

A predominantly white college located in Atlanta, Georgia, provided the sample of 35 student teachers. Each participant ...


A Program Evaluation Of The Dekalb Alternative Program On The Personal Advancement Of Students, Kristin N. Robinson May 2004

A Program Evaluation Of The Dekalb Alternative Program On The Personal Advancement Of Students, Kristin N. Robinson

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This evaluation examines the effectiveness of the DeKalb Alternative School Program as it relates to increasing the personal growth of the students. The sample consists of 31 faculty of the DeKalb Alternative School who work directly with the students. For the purpose of this evaluation, the effectiveness of the program in advancing personal growth in students was measured by the perceptions of the teachers who work with them daily in the school environment. The evaluation measures faculty perceptions of student growth by using a questionnaire consisting of both open and close-ended questions. Descriptive statistical analysis is used to summarize the ...