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NCJ Number: 171246 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Promising Programs for Youth Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention (From Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders: Risk Factors and Successful Interventions, P 284-312, 1998, Rolf Loeber, David P. Farrington, eds. - See NCJ-171234)
Author(s): J C Howell
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Grant Number: 95-JD-MU-K001
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews the literature on programs for youth gang violence prevention and intervention.
Abstract: The review attempts to determine lessons learned from previous attempts at prevention and intervention, what has failed, and what looks promising. The chapter evaluates past youth gang programs and new approaches for preventing and reducing youth gang problems and recommends an intervention and prevention strategy based on the review. The article recommends three strategies: targeting gang problems directly; targeting gang problems within a comprehensive strategy for dealing with serious, violent, and chronic juvenile delinquency; and targeting gang-related (and gang-motivated) homicides. The third program recommendation is based in part on the Epidemiology of Youth Gang Homicides, which the chapter discusses in detail. The program model that proves most effective is likely to contain multiple components, incorporating prevention, social intervention, treatment, suppression, and community mobilization approaches. Gang problem components must be integrated in a collaborative approach with full interagency coordination, supported by a management information system and rigorous program evaluation. Tables, notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Criminology; Gang violence; Gangs; Homicide; Intervention; Literature reviews; Model programs; Problem behavior; Program evaluation; Violence prediction; Violent juvenile offenders
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