The Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: An Experiment

By Walter C. Reckless; Simon Dinitz | Go to book overview

CHAPTER SIX
Findings

The project design called for four yearly clearances of each boy through the files of the Juvenile Division of the Columbus Police Department and the files of the Columbus school system. The clearances were made once a year (in August) for four consecutive years. The three subgroups -- experimentals, controls, and good-boy comparisons -- of the 1963-64 cohort were cleared by name of each boy for any recorded delinquency, complaint, or arrest up to August 1964 and thereafter in each succeeding August through 1967. The three subgroups of the 1964-65 and 1965-66 cohorts were successively cleared following the same pattern.

Actually, cognizance was taken of any recorded complaints or arrests on each boy prior to entrance into the seventh grade (September) and for four consecutive years thereafter (each August). In the tables that follow, the time period called "during-program" means clearances during the period of the seventh grade (September until the middle of August), and the time period called "post-program" includes approximately three years of additional clearances.

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