Defense Date

5-2-2012

Graduation Date

2012

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Joseph Yenerall

Committee Member

Ann Marie Popp

Keywords

Partnership for youth transition, Perceptions of opportunity, Severe emotional disturbance, System of care, Wraparound

Abstract

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services implemented the Partnership for Youth Transition Program (PYT) to provide services for transition aged youth in Allegheny County who suffer from Severe Emotional Disturbance. One of the goals of this program was to enhance the perceptions of opportunity of goal attainment held by this population. This research is a program evaluation of the PYT program to find out if the PYT program was successful in enhancing these perceptions. This study uses a Paired-Samples T-Test, a Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient and an Analysis of Variance to see if the perceptions of opportunity changed during PYT program involvement, and to analyze if other variables (risk, service involvement and demographic characteristics) had any influence on these perceptions. The evaluation found that the perceptions of opportunity did improve and that there was a relationship between the factors of risk and service involvement and the perceptions of opportunity of PYT program participants. After discussing the findings of these results, policy recommendations are proposed.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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