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 - Jun 22 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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