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NCJ Number: 220821 Find in a Library
Title: Key Challenges and Prospects in Peer-Based Delinquency Prevention Programs: Comment on van Lier, Vitaro, and Eisner
Journal: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research  Volume:13  Issue:3-4  Dated:2007  Pages:297-300
Author(s): Brandon C. Welsh; David P. Farrington
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 4
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This article provides a brief summary of key conclusions from a review of early prevention programs discussed in detail in the book, Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective Interventions.
Abstract: In Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective Interventions (2007), convincing evidence was found of the effectiveness of a number of early individual, family, and school interventions to tackle risk factors to prevent delinquency and late offending, but little is known about peer-based programs. Future experiments are needed to test the effectiveness of these programs, as well as to investigate the casual effects of peer influence. There is a growing body of high-quality scientific evidence on the effectiveness of early interventions to tackle risk factors to prevent delinquency and later offending. The results are also highly favorable and robust for these programs’ impacts on other important life-course outcome, such as education, government assistance, employment, income, substance abuse, and family stability. This article provides a brief commentary on Pol van Lier, Frank Vitaro, and Manuel Eisner’s excellent review article in this issue. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Deviance; Intervention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Peer assessment; Peer influences on behavior
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