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NCJ Number: NCJ 241704     Find in a Library
Title: Suppressing the Harmful Effects of Key Risk Factors: Results from the Children at Risk Experimental Intervention
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Author(s): Carter Hay ; Brian Stults ; Emily Restivo
  Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:8  Dated:August 2012  Pages:1088 to 1106
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 19
  Annotation: This study examines an alternative way in which such programs may reduce delinquency.
Abstract: Many programs try to reduce adolescent offending with a risk factor approach in which services target the key causes of crime pertaining to families, peer groups, and schools. These programs often reduce crime, presumably through either prevention (in which exposure to a risk factor is prevented from ever occurring) or reversal (in which an individual possessing a risk factor advances to a state of no longer having it). This study examines an alternative way in which such programs may reduce delinquency: They may achieve the goal of risk factor suppression, whereby a risk factor that is neither prevented nor reversed is rendered inconsequential by program treatment. Thus, the risk factor continues to be present, but by virtue of program treatment, it no longer elevates individual involvement in crime. The authors consider this possibility with evaluation data from the experimental Children at Risk program, a 2-year case management intervention that served high-risk early adolescents. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors ; Intervention ; Children at risk ; Case management
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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