Model Program

Bry's Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program

Rutgers University
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8085

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Contact Information:
Dr. Brenna H. Bry, PhD

Program Specification:






Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program (BMRP), formerly called Preventive Intervention, is a school-based intervention that helps prevent juvenile delinquency, substance use, and school failure for high-risk adolescents. It targets juvenile cynicism about the world and the accompanying lack of selfefficacy to deal with problems. BMRP provides a school environment that allows students to realize that their actions can bring about desired consequences, and it reinforces this belief by eliciting participation from teachers, parents, and individuals. The program can be used in low-income, urban, and racially-mixed junior high schools and in middle-class, suburban junior high schools. Students are eligible for inclusion if they demonstrate low academic motivation, family problems, or frequent or serious school discipline referrals.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Mentoring/Tutoring, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1999
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Program promotes the following:


  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:


Social Workers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals


Evaluation Information:

Evaluations of BMRP have demonstrated short- and long-term positive effects. At the end of the program, program students showed higher grades and better attendance when compared to control students. Results from a one-year follow-up study showed that intervention students, compared to control students, had less self-reported delinquency; drug abuse (including hallucinogens, stimulants, glue, tranquilizers, and barbiturates); school-based problems (suspension, absenteeism, tardiness, academic failure); and unemployment (20% and 45%, respectively). A five-year follow-up study found that intervention students had fewer county court records than control students.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level