A multidimensional ecological examination of a youth development program for military dependent youth

Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to conduct a multi-method evaluation to investigate the effectiveness of a youth development program for military dependent youth entitled, Youth Action Program. The dimensions of an ecological program are used to examine the program post-de-facto. The comparison with elements of ecological programming provided reasons as to this program's perceived impact and its weaknesses. A multi-dimensional evaluation is employed that examines the processes and outcomes in their natural settings. Youth and parents overwhelmingly believed that this program had made a positive difference in their lives. Youth demonstrated an improvement, although not significant, in their self-concept; however, participating youths' levels of social isolation and withdrawal from social contact remained at a high level. The results and need for future research are presented related to evaluating youth development programs and the ecological model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by a grant from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on behalf of the United States Air Force Family Advocacy Program (USAF FAP) and supported by The Penn State Agricultural Experimentation Project Number 3826.

Keywords

  • Ecological program
  • Evaluation
  • Military
  • Prevention
  • Youth at-risk

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