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The Effectiveness of Negative Role Models in Prevention Programs
Adolescence is a psychosocial transition period in which the physical, cognitive, emotional and attitudinal components are being developed. Some of the most important factors involved are: the home environment, the peer group and the learning life models. The absence and disruptive environmental upbringing patterns usually generate behavioral and attitudinal misconducts which imply long term negative consequences on individual and group wellbeing.
Romania has a lack of positive models and effective social protection and prevention services, while demanding the adoption of pro-social behavior and sanctioning the same disruptive conducts they offer.
In this context, Arad Penitentiary, Arad Police Department and the local School Inspectorate choose to support the community by providing a program in which the high-school students can benefit from the encounter with real inmates. This opportunity allows inmates to pass on their own negative
experience on life choices, while students can directly learn and be aware of
risk real-life-situations, beyond their subjective interpretation.
Using content analysis, this study examines the effectiveness of the prevention program and the impact it has on the pupils’ reported subjective perception. Effects on both pupils and inmates are analyzed and the implication for future youth delinquency prevention programs is discussed.
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