The Spiritual Competence Scale: A New Instrument for Assessing Spiritual Competence at the Programmatic Level

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Abstract

Many minority adolescents in the United States today are at a high risk for truancy, dropout, and academic under-achievement. Truancy is related to a host of preceding and subsequent risks such as delinquency and limited vocational outcomes. Using participatory research methods, this federally funded, 10-month study assessed youths' perceptions of a publicly funded, faith-based, alternative education program with 73 minority youth participants who were at risk for truancy. The study assessed whether change occurred in peer dynamics, youths' use of time, and educational aspirations. The program was found to have a positive impact on peer dynamics and the use of both school hours and free time. The program supported or did not hamper educational aspiration. Implications about the impact of alternative education programs for at-risk youth and the faith-based nature of the program are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-294
Number of pages8
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • academic achievement
  • faith-based education
  • religion
  • truancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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