The Boys Town Revolution

This article describes the reorganization and restructuring effort of Boys Town in the 1970s. Founded in 1917, Boys Town was a 1,400-acre child-care ‘village’ in Nebraska home to 400 adolescent boys. Boys Town had been unable to keep up with the social changes of the 1950s and 1960s, nor cope with new problems of its teenagers. When a team of behavioral psychologists applied a new method of child-care technology, a venerable institution was transformed.

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