Preliminary Findings From the Ocean Tides Project on Adjudicated Youth

Judy A. Van Wyk, University of Rhode Island

ABSTRACT
Preliminary findings are presented from the Ocean Tides Project; ongoing research that will result in a powerful database on court adjudicated male juveniles, based upon hard-copy records kept at the Ocean Tides Residential, Educational and Family Services facility in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The database is constructed from comprehensive records on each uvenile (n=1,400) who had resided at Ocean Tides since the facility opened in 1975. Each hardcopy record consists of social services reports (present, and all prior contact with social services), academic transcripts, educational evaluation and test scores, psychological evaluation and test scores, transcripts from psychological counseling sessions (intake, exit, and need-based), parent surveys, court records, and the Ocean Tides program teachers and staff reports and sanctions. The database had broad psychological, sociological, and criminological applications, and is a uniquely powerful record of social and psychological correlates of juvenile delinquency.

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Updated 05/20/2006