Magazine article Work & Family Life

Best Risk-Prevention Programs Start Early

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Best Risk-Prevention Programs Start Early

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Research Review

'Get-tough" approaches to preventing crime receive a lot of air time on talk radio and TV. But how well do they really work when it comes to lowering the risk factors for a young person's future involvement in criminal activity?

According to a recent report commissioned by the National Institute of justice, the most effective strategies are those that begin early in a child's life and have a therapeutic component. Here are the research findings from Lawrence Sherman, Ph.D., professor of criminology at the University of Maryland and lead author of the report:

What works best

* Head Start-type programs, especially those that include weekly visits by teachers to students' homes.

* Nurses' visits to the homes of high-risk infants.

* Establishing anti-bullying programs in schools.

* Family therapy and parent education and training about delinquent and at-risk preadolescents. …

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