Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
David Shiek, Clinton Layne, Lois Layne
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
Two truancy groups were conducted for the Simpson County School System. A multifaceted group treatment approach was used with truants in an attempt to reduce school absences, increase feelings of personal and social security and change negative attitudes toward school. A contingency contract in conjunction with a modified token economy was used to increase school attendance. Group discussions were used to increase feelings of personal and social security and to change negative attitudes toward school. A comparison of group members pre- and postgroup school attendance records showed that group members significantly increased their school attendance. A comparison of group members pre- and posttest scores on the attitude and personality measures employed in this study indicated that slight increases were achieved in feelings of personal and social security. Students negative attitudes toward school appeared to become less favorable as a result of the group discussions, although these decreases were very small.
Child Psychology | Psychology | School Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Politi, Keith, "The Effects of a Group Therapy Program on Truancy" (1977). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2731.