Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Ann Marie Popp
Partnership for youth transition, Perceptions of opportunity, Severe emotional disturbance, System of care, Wraparound
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.
Caldwell, J. (2012). Perceptions of Opportunity Among Youth Served by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services: A Program Evaluation Study of the Partnership for Youth Transition (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/376