Military Schools for Troubled Teens in the Buckeye State, what are they?
A Military School is where struggling youth can receive treatment in a disciplined and physical challenging environment. They are created as an alternative to longer term of confinement in juvenile correctional programs / facilities. Most Military Schools in Ohio are typically restricted to teens with little or mild behavioral issues. Often times Ohio Military Schools are not an appropriate option for teens experiencing behavioral, emotional, learning or substance abuse problems.
Military Schools for Troubled Youth in the Buckeye State
How effective are Military Schools?
Experts agree that a confrontational approach is not always an appropriate approach. For youth with emotional, behavioral, substance abuse, or learning problems-degrading tactics may be particularly inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style and aggressive interactions that characterize the Military Schools environment fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that these teens really need to learn.
Positive changes demonstrated while in Military Schools usually do not last when a troubled teen returns to his community. Many teens report that the program is helpful to them and they feel more positive about their futures. It is unclear, however, whether these attitudinal changes persist after teens leave the Military School, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once a youth returns to his community. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, Military Schools have been consistently unsuccessful in “changing” troubled youth.
What are the alternatives?
Troubled youth who need some form of treatment care require an individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered – including the family in all decision making about a child – as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective than Military Schools in the long term.
For help and a FREE consultation to discuss the best options for your teen and family, please call Teen Program Professional at (888) 598-6873 or complete this Teen Consultation Form.