The Thriving Conversation Project

Project: The Thriving Conversation Project

Project Dates: 2010 – 2015

Principal Investigator: Dr. James Furrow

Student Researcher: Lisa Criswell


The Thriving Conversation pilot program measured the effectiveness of a specialized therapeutic program in promoting initiative, self-confidence, and a positive future orientation for youth ages 11 – 17 who have been involved in prostitution. Youth and caseworkers at Children of the Night residential facility completed measures of self-concept (Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents), intentional self-regulation (Selection, Optimization, and Compensation Questionnaire), and future orientation (Thriving Subscale) before the start and after the completion of therapy. Scores were calculated and compared to determine in which areas improvement has occurred.

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