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Evaluating an Adolescent Behavioral Program: Leadership, Education, Achievement, and Development for Adolescent Female Offenders in Corrections

Panosky, Denise M. DNP, RN, CNE, CCHP, FCNS; Shelton, Deborah PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCHP, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000082
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ABSTRACT This article reports the findings of a pilot study designed to: test the feasibility of implementation, assess implementation barriers, and determine the effectiveness of a modified evidence-based program designed for adolescent female offenders in a women’s correctional facility in the United States. A therapeutic expressive arts behavioral program, Leadership, Education, Achievement and Development (LEAD), has been used in community settings as a health promotion program. This behavioral program was adapted to LEAD-Corrections (LEAD-C) and serves incarcerated adolescent female offenders. Results of this pilot study show that it is feasible to offer LEAD-C in a correctional setting. Positive effects were noted on session satisfaction surveys as well as formative and summative evaluations. Implementation of LEAD-C, using therapeutic expressive arts interventions, included coping strategies to help adolescents become confident and self-assured and review better choices. Adolescents were taught to utilize these learned coping strategies in their life, which may help to overcome adversity, enhance resilience, and support youth transition at the time of reentry to the community.

Author Affiliation: School of Nursing, University of Connecticut.

Funding for this study was received from the Viola Bernard Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau International Mu Chapter.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Denise M. Panosky, DNP, RN, CNE, CCHP, FCNS, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, 231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026 Storrs, CT 06260. E-mail:

Received March 21, 2015; accepted for publication June 20, 2015.

© 2015 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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