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Changing LivesDelinquency Prevention as Crime-Control Policy$
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Peter W. Greenwood

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307190

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307237.001.0001

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What Doesn't Work

What Doesn't Work

(p.84) Chapter 5 What Doesn't Work
Changing Lives
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the failed delinquency-prevention programs and strategies. Examination of such programs or strategies can inform about the motives and conflicting demands on those who control prevention programs and their purse strings. A number of these strategies are fairly close copies, reproductions, or adaptations of other programs. Four strategies frequently employed with adolescents and teenagers have been demonstrated ineffective in multiple settings: peer counseling, mediation, or leadership; alternative recreation; social competency instruction that does not use appropriate cognitive behavioral methods; and school-based drug testing. They are quite popular despite having been shown to be ineffective in reducing youth violence and related risk factors as early as 1987. A second popular delinquency-prevention strategy involves providing alternative recreation and leisure-time opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The third primary prevention strategy that is both ineffective yet widely implemented involves social-competency training without using the cognitive-behavioral approaches that have proven successful in other areas.

Keywords:   delinquency-prevention programs, peer counseling, mediation, youth violence, alternative recreation

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