Effect of reality therapy/control theory on predictors of responsible behavior of junior high school students in an adolescent pregnancy prevention program

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Margaret Ann Cannon Harris (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Mary Y. Morgan

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of Dr. William Glasser's Reality Therapy/Control Theory, presented as part of an adolescent pregnancy prevention program, on the predictors of responsible behavior of junior high school students. Curriculum was developed and implemented for a semester through an exploring home economics class during the 1991-92 school year at Mattamuskeet School in the Hyde County Schools, North Carolina. Two groups of 27 students were randomly selected to participate in the study: (a) students who received the Reality Therapy/Control Theory-based instruction and (b) students who did not receive the Reality Therapy/Control Theory-based-instruction. Self-esteem, locus of control, and decision-making skills served as predictors of responsible behavior in this study. There was a significant increase on the self-esteem measures in the students who received the Reality Therapy/Control Theory instruction and those who did not receive the instruction. There was no significant difference on locus of control; however, it approached significance. No relationships were found among self-esteem or locus of control and gender, socioeconomic status, and academic achievement.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
Teenage pregnancy $x Prevention
Reality therapy
Self-esteem in adolescence
Self-control in adolescence

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