Empirically Based Strategies for Preventing Juvenile Delinquency

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    There are now several well-defined and empirically supported interventions that are effective at reducing severe conduct problems and delinquent behavior in youth. However, these programs tend to produce modest behavioral gains, and many youth continue to show significant antisocial behavior at the end of treatment. If interventions can be better tailored to the unique characteristics of children based on the developmental mechanisms underlying their conduct problems, more pronounced and sustained treatment effects are likely to be achieved. Efforts are currently underway to modify existing treatments to target the unique causal factors underlying the behavior problems of subgroups of antisocial youth. These ongoing innovations coupled with recent efforts to integrate multitiered evidence-based practices into real-world settings hold great promise for reducing the prevalence of severe and persistent delinquent behavior among youth.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)257-268
    Number of pages12
    JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


    • Crime
    • Intervention
    • Juvenile delinquency
    • Prevention

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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