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NCJ Number: 156279 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of a Prevention Program on Aggressive Children's Friendships and Social Adjustment
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1994)  Pages:457-475
Author(s): F Vitaro; R E Tremblay
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Juvenile delinquency program is evaluated.
Abstract: This article discusses the results of a study of a group of 46 aggressive boys, aged 8 to 9 years of age, who participated in a prevention program aimed at reducing their externalizing problems in the short term and at preventing delinquency in the long term. Outcome measures were collected during the 3-year period following the prevention program. At that time, the boys were 10, 11, and 12 years of age. Outcome measures included teacher ratings of aggressiveness and self- reports of delinquent behaviors. The boys' friends were rated on disruptive behaviors by their classmates. The experimental boys' outcome measures were compared to the measures obtained from 58 aggressive boys in a control group. The disruptive ratings of the experimental and control subjects' best friends also were compared. Differences in teacher-rated aggressiveness between the two groups increased from one year to the next for the 3- year follow-up period. Similarly, the friends' disruptive scores differed increasingly between the two groups over the 3-year period. The effect of the prevention program on the subjects' friendships and the mediating impact of friends with regard to social adjustment were stressed. Results do not clearly support the notion that aggressive behavior is a necessary precursor of delinquency since other behaviors may have been manipulated through the prevention program. Some evidence suggests that family functioning, academic, and social-cognitive skills had been affected. Suggestions for future research are offered. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Criminology; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile Delinquency prevention planning
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