Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Terry L. Overton, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Patty Whitfield, Ph.D.


The research of the past two decades has resulted in a proliferation of information regarding the various reasons for dropping out of school and the characteristics of dropouts. Little has been done, however, to examine the life outcomes of those who have dropped out, or of how various treatments effect those outcomes . This is also true for those youth who are still in school, but who have become academically disengaged. The purpose of this study was to gain information regarding the life outcomes of students who attended a wilderness, residential treatment school called New Dominion. Questionnaires were mailed to 350 former residents. Each subject was asked to provide demographic information, as well as information regarding his life outcomes ( and employment experiences, and social involvements ). A total of 55 usable questionnaires were returned. The results of the survey indicate that participation in the program at New Dominion appears to have had a positive effect on the life outcomes of the subjects.



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