Evidence-based delinquency prevention for children exhibiting conduct problems

Dustin A. Pardini, David J. Hawes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Juvenile delinquency is a serious public health problem that exacts a significant financial and emotional toll on society, particularly serious violence. Children with early behavior problems also tend to accumulate an array of adverse socio-contextual risk factors over time, which serves to further perpetuate their criminal offending. Indicated delinquency prevention programs are those designed to intervene with children exhibiting early-onset behavior problems, particularly symptoms associated with oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. This chapter aims to overview developmental psychopathology research that has influenced the formulation of indicated prevention programs. It describes the general treatment strategies common across most empirically-based programs. The chapter provides examples of specific evidence-based programs that can be implemented in early, middle, and late childhood. It outlines future directions and policy implications associated with delinquency prevention research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFacilitating Desistance from Aggression and Crime
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Strength-Based Practices
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781119166504
ISBN (Print)9781119166467
StatePublished - Jul 8 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavior problems
  • Conduct disorder
  • Criminal offending
  • Delinquency prevention programs
  • Developmental psychopathology research
  • Evidence-based programs
  • Oppositional defiant disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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