It affects parents, neighbors, teachers, and families. It affects the victims of crime, the perpetrators, and the bystanders. While delinquency rates have been decreasing, rates are still too high. There have been numerous programs that have attempted to lower this rate.
General Populations of Young People All of the programs and strategies discussed in this section are primary prevention approaches to reducing youth violence -- that is, they are implemented on a universal scale and aim to prevent the onset of youth violence and related risk factors.
Some are designed to change individual risk factors, others target environmental risk factors, and a few are designed to change both. Skill- and Competency-Building Programs Skills-oriented programs are among the most effective general strategies for reducing youth violence and risk factors for youth violence.
In fact, two universal programs that take this approach have met the criteria for a Model program: The program targets students in middle or junior high school, with initial implementation in grades 6 and 7 and booster sessions for the next 2 years. The curriculum has three major components: Teachers use a variety of techniques, including instruction, demonstration, feedback, reinforcement, and practice, to train students in these three core areas.
Evaluations show that the program can cut tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol use.
Moreover, long-term effects of participation in Life Skills Training include a lower risk of polydrug use, pack-a-day smoking, and inhalant, narcotic, and hallucinogen use.
The Midwestern Prevention Project targets middle school students grades 6 or 7.
Its goal is to reduce the risk of gateway drug use associated with the transition from early adolescence to middle through late adolescence by training youths to avoid drug use and situations in which drugs are likely to be used.
The program has five major components that are implemented in stepwise fashion over the course of approximately 4 years: The mass media program spans the duration of the project, while the other components are introduced at a rate of approximately one per year.
The school-based component forms the core of the program. This project has demonstrated positive effects on a number of outcomes that are closely related to youth violence. For instance, it has been shown to reduce daily smoking and marijuana use and to lessen marijuana use, hard drug use, and smoking through age In addition, the project has facilitated improvements in parent-child communication about drug use and in the development of prevention programs, activities, and services within communities.
Two school-based programs that focus on teaching important social skills to students, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies and I Can Problem Solve, meet the criteria for a Promising program.
The Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies Paths curriculum is taught to elementary school students at entrance through grade 5. Lessons targeting emotional competence expression, understanding, and regulationself-control, social competence, positive peer relations, and interpersonal problem-solving skills are delivered three times a week in to minute sessions.
Evaluations of PATHS show that this program has positive effects on several risk factors associated with violence, including aggressive behavior, anxiety and depression, conduct problems, and lack of self-control.
The effectiveness of PATHS has been demonstrated for both regular-education and special-education students. I Can Problem Solve has been used effectively with students in nursery school, kindergarten, and grades 5 and 6.
The main goal of this program, which is implemented in 12 small-group sessions over 3 months, is to train children to use problem-solving skills to find solutions to interpersonal problems.
In evaluations, I Can Problem Solve has improved classroom behavior and children's problem-solving skills for up to 4 years after the end of the intervention. Whereas this program is appropriate for all children, it has been most effective with children living in poor, urban areas.
Training Programs for Parents Skills-training programs for young people can also be effective when combined with parent training. The Iowa Strengthening Families Program, which targets 6th-graders and their families, is made up of seven weekly sessions of parent and child training designed to improve parenting skills and family communication.
The program has been evaluated in rural, Midwestern schools with primarily white, middle-class students.
Preparing for the Drug-Free Years is a family competency training program that promotes healthy, protective parent-child interactions and includes skills training for youths. Like the Iowa Strengthening Families Program, it has been implemented successfully with middle school students and their families in the rural Midwest.
Preparing for the Drug-Free Years involves five sessions. One session on peer pressure includes both students and their parents, while the remaining sessions include only parents and focus on the following areas: These programs have demonstrated positive effects on child-family relationships and avoidance of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use for up to 4 years after participation.
Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers LIFTanother Promising program, also combines school-based skills training for children with parent training. The classroom component of the program targets 1st-grade and 5th-grade students and includes twenty 1-hour sessions delivered over 10 weeks.
A peer component of the program focuses on encouraging positive social behavior during playground activities. The third component of LIFT is parent training, in which parent groups meet weekly for 6 weeks.
The program focuses on reducing children's antisocial behaviors, involvement with delinquent peers, and drug and alcohol use. Children who participate in LIFT exhibit less physical aggression on the playground, better social skills, and, in the long term, less likelihood of associating with delinquent peers, using alcohol, or being arrested.
Behavior Management Programs Strategies that take a behavioral approach to youth violence can also have positive, consistent effects on violence, delinquency, and related risk factors.Sep 09, · Juvenile Delinquency: If We Fail Our Children, We Fail Our Future By Paul Heroux There is a trend in America that is leading us to be more punitive in how we address juvenile delinquency and.
Delinquency Prevention & Intervention Delinquency Prevention can lead to drug use and dependency, dropping out of school, incarceration, adult criminal behavior and injury.
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The results of high-quality early prevention programs can be tremendous. Looking specifically at preschool programs and parent educational services that improve school readiness, they help to set a pattern that prevents delinquency in later years.