Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Higher Levels of Placement and Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Adolescents aged 14-18 in need of residential placement, who have fallen into trouble in the community with behavior characterized by substance abuse problems, delinquent behaviors, school failure, family problems, negative peer associations, and by an inability to make positive decisions

For children/adolescents ages: 14 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 14 – 18

Brief Description

The Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model teaches youth to be accountable for their behaviors through daily group therapy sessions, daily work experience, a comprehensive high school and vocational program, and a student government. Through this structured program, youth should develop the self-esteem and skills to be responsible and self-reliant adults. The main precepts for the development of Boys Republic in 1907 still hold true today; youth can learn to be accountable for their behavior by governing themselves, by developing a sense of responsibility, and, in addition, by developing a strong work ethic. The program can be done in a residential community program, a day treatment program, or a correctional facility.

Program Goals:

The primary goals of the Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model are:

  • Develop prosocial and nondelinquent behaviors and values in our youth
  • Transition youth to stable family living arrangements or positive independent living arrangements
  • Reduce and eliminate the use of substances and alcohol
  • Develop positive peer group associations
  • Improve family relationships
  • Help youth attain appropriate grade level and achievement levels
  • Eliminate the need for future out-of-home placement
  • Eliminate and or reduce the severity and frequency of law enforcement contracts
  • Teach a positive and responsible attitude toward work

Essential Components

The essential components of the Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model include:

  • Providing a safe environment for youth to develop prosocial and conventional behaviors and values
  • Hiring staff members that are optimistic, enthusiastic, experienced, and well-trained on the Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model
  • Following a daily structure that includes education, work experience, activities, and group treatment with 8-12 youth per group

Child/Adolescent Services

Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse, delinquent behaviors, low self-esteem and poor social skills, poor school performance, and poor family relationships

Parent/Caregiver Services

Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Family therapy sessions are held on site or at the family's home. Apartments are available on campus and in the residences for families to spend weekends and participate in family therapy sessions. Parenting classes are also available.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Residential Care Facility

Homework

This program does not include a homework component.

Languages

Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Trained staff, classrooms, school component, vocational training environments, student government implementation, transportation, and residential living

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and training in the Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

On-site or regional

Number of days/hours:

Varies

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model.

References

Empey, L. T. (1984). Boys Republic Training Manual: Adolescent problems and the use of group techniques. Chino Hills, CA: Boys Republic.

Empey, L. T., & Erickson, M. L. (1972). The Provo Experiment: Evaluating community control of delinquency. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Lundman, R. J. (2001). Prevention control of juvenile delinquency. New York: Oxford University Press.

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Chris Burns, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Boys Republic
Website: www.boysrepublic.org
Email:
Phone: (909) 628-1217
Fax: (909) 627-9222

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2013