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Decreasing Delinquency, Criminal Behavior, and Recidivism by Intervening on Psychological Factors Other Than Cognitive Ability

Decreasing Delinquency, Criminal Behavior, and Recidivism by Intervening on Psychological Factors Other Than Cognitive Ability

A Review of the Intervention Literature

Chapter:
(p.366) (p.367) 8 Decreasing Delinquency, Criminal Behavior, and Recidivism by Intervening on Psychological Factors Other Than Cognitive Ability
Source:
Controlling Crime
Author(s):
Patrick L. HillBrent W. RobertsJeffrey T. GroggerGuryan JonathanKaren Sixkiller
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226115139.003.0009

This chapter reviews studies on interventions aimed at reducing the risk of criminal behavior, and which focus on changing psychological factors other than cognitive ability. These include short-term positive interventions (school-based programs, social skills training, family interventions, and health-based interventions); short-term interventions with negative and inconclusive effects (juvenile awareness programs, boot camps, and incarceration; and job and vocational training); long-term positive interventions (the Olweus Bullying Program, life-skills training programs, the Seattle Social Development Project); and long-term interventions with negative and inconclusive effects (positive youth development programs, prison-based interventions, and social cognitive skills training). A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   criminal behavior, interventions, crime prevention

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