A Character Education Program: Moral Development, Self-Esteem and At-Risk Youth

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Title: A Character Education Program: Moral Development, Self-Esteem and At-Risk Youth
Author: Scott, David A.
Advisors: Dr. Tracy Robinson, Committee Member
Dr. Edwin Gerler, Committee Member
Dr. Craig Brookins, Committee Member
Dr. Stanley Baker, Committee Chair
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the results of a deliberate psychological and educational intervention with at-risk youth that have been identified as having potential to benefit from a character education program. The Youth Focus Character Education Program provided direct character education services to selected at-risk youth that were referred for treatment by school counselors, juvenile court counselors, parents, or other agencies in Greensboro, North Carolina. All sessions and material used focused on improving moral development and possibly self-esteem in each child. Definitions of youth at-risk and character education were explored. Theories of moral development and self-esteem were also reviewed. Comparisons were made between participants receiving the character education intervention and those not receiving the experimental intervention. Study participants included 39 at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17 (24 males and 15 females). The participants were administered both the Defining Issues Test and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. In summary, the findings did not support the use of the present character education intervention with the targeted population sample, it did provide encouragement to continue to design and investigate programs that could possibly benefit at-risk youth.
Date: 2004-03-15
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Counselor Education
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/4535

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