Increasing Self- Esteem, Control, and Positive Coping Mechanisms Within Female Juvenile Delinquents
Brooks, Meagan D.
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This study employed a curriculum of health and nutrition, emotional health, and conflict resolution to increase self-esteem, locus of control, and positive coping mechanisms in female juvenile delinquents. Ten female youths detained in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile home were participants in an 8-week summer program. The participants were randomly assigned into 5 dyads, each dyad receiving exercise (Pilates ), conflict resolution, personal well-being workshops, and health and nutrition information at different times in the program. The study was constructed using a pre-test, post test within- group design and 3 scales were administered to the participants. The scales utilized were the Rosenberg Self- Esteem Scale (1979}, the Norwicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale (1973), and a Health and Nutrition Survey that was created by the researcher. There was a significant increase in the post test results of the NorwickiStrickland Locus of Control Scale t(6)=2.809,p<.05 and the Health and Nutrition Survey t(6)=11.27,p<.05. There was not a significant increase in the Rosenberg SelfEsteem Scale t(6)=1.47,p>.05. The point system of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home yielded no significant increases in the second week of the study.