Date of Defense

Spring 4-15-2002



First Advisor

Ronald Kramer, Sociology

Second Advisor

Charles Crawford, Sociology

Third Advisor

Kathy Flack, Sociology


The purpose of this paper is to examine juvenile treatment facilities that use behavior management as an integral part of their programs. The author examines three juvenile treatment facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The programs vary in the populations served, their level of security, and their expectations of the children, but they all use behavior modification techniques to shape the behavior of the children. The author first explains the history of juvenile treatment, then what the research shows about behavioral oriented facilities and their effectiveness. Next, the author explains the operation of the three facilities and their effectiveness, and finally, the author compares and contrasts the different environments.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access