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NCJ Number: 148894 Find in a Library
Title: Possible Application of the Epidemiological-Public Health Model to Civic Action-Research
Journal: Social Problems  Volume:12  Dated:(Fall 1964)  Pages:178-185
Author(s): L Blumberg
Date Published: 1964
Page Count: 8
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The application of a public health model to action research on social problems, including the criminal activities of juvenile gangs, is considered in the context of therapy, rehabilitation, and prevention strategies.
Abstract: The public health model indicates that an action research program should deal with a specific condition. Therefore, the model is applied to violent crimes committed by juvenile gang members. As conceived by public health workers, differentiated strategies involve therapy, rehabilitation, and prevention. These strategies must recognize the importance of multiple causal factors. In applying the public health model to juvenile gangs engaged in criminal activities, the author considers the effect of the environment, the gang, and the victim on the selection of appropriate therapy, rehabilitation, and prevention techniques. He contends that using the public health model to plan civic action-research on social problems should facilitate the development of program goals and program alternatives and identify new avenues for social science research. 8 footnotes
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Criminology; Gang Prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile rehabilitation; Juvenile treatment methods; Medical model of offender treatment; Violent juvenile offenders
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