Teen Challenge’s goal is to effect change in a broad range of dysfunctional behaviors is far more comprehensive than the goals of most secular programs, which are generally limited to the reduction or elimination to drug/alcohol abuse. The study shows that not only is Teen Challenge is very successful in preventing relapse compared to STIs/AA, it is especially successful with traditionally hard to reach groups such as absentee fathers and some groups who are severely addicted prior to program entry.
These new found relational skills impart the ability to form healthy and productive relationships with others upon graduating the program, which in turn provides the social skills necessary in finding and using a network of contacts appropriately to further develop healthy and productive relationships.
Education beyond High School
High School Diploma
No High School Diploma
Divorced, separated or widowed
Employment and Relapse
Teen Challenge graduates were employed at far higher rate than their STJ/AA counterparts. Teen Challenge graduates were much more likely to be living living normal lives holding down jobs and not needing further treatment. This is in spite of the fact that the general STI population is generally older, less ethnic, less urban, more educated, less criminal, and less severely addicted pretreatment, while Teen Challenge students have fewer productive pretreatment relationships, are using a greater range of drugs, are more severely addicted, and often come from more to difficult groups to reach.
STI Client Employment
*Referall to Treatment in Teen Challenge Sample and Matched Comparison Group*
|Referall Source||Teen Challenge||Comparison Group||Family||43.9||16.9|
|Self (no other source)||1.8||22.9|
|Referall Source||Teen Challenge||Comparison Group||Social Workers||3.5||7.6|
|Mental Health Worker||1.8||10.2|