Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

An RCT of an Education Re-Engagement Program for At-Risk Youth

high school dropoutThis project aims to determine the best and most cost-effective way to help 11–14 year olds re-engage with school when they become at risk for dropping out, by conducting a gold-standard, randomised-control trial. 20% of Australians fail to attain a Year 12 or equivalent certificate, often for preventable reasons. Dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, have psychological, social, and health problems, and end up in prison. This project could influence implementation of programs and policy related to youth dropout, promote youth economic, social and physical well-being, and decrease their chances of committing crimes and becoming a social burden.

Researchers: Professor Joseph Ciarrochi, Dr Philip Parker, Professor Rhonda Craven, Professor Richard Ryan, Associate Professor David Evans, Dr Cathy Little, Dr Baljinder Sahdra, Dr Fabri Blacklock, Dr Sarah McDonagh
Start Date: 1 July 2016
End Date: 30 June 2019
Funding Body: The Trustee for the Bill Crews Charitable Trust

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