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NCJ Number: 153371 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention or Pork; A Hard-Headed Look at Youth-Oriented Anti- Crime Programs
Author(s): R A Mendel
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: American Youth Policy Forum
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines empirical research regarding the efficacy of programs such as family therapy, recreation and midnight sports leagues, and school-based conflict resolution in preventing or reducing juvenile delinquent behavior.
Abstract: The evidence suggests that experts can identify risk factors early in life which allows agencies to address the underlying conditions that predispose some youths to delinquent behavior; that tougher law enforcement and sanctions are unlikely to reduce crime significantly; and that various youth-oriented prevention strategies have proven track records in reducing criminal, delinquent, and predelinquent behavior in adolescents at risk. Types of prevention strategies that have been most effective include community-wide prevention initiatives, multidimensional violence prevention in schools, and recreation programs. While these programs might prevent delinquency, other approaches are needed to help youth who are already involved in the criminal justice system. Promising strategies include family therapy and cognitive training; other strategies such as school-based conflict resolution, peer mediation, and gang prevention efforts, have not yet been subjected to rigorous evaluation. 183 notes and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile Delinquency prevention theory; Juvenile treatment methods
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