Pathways explaining the reduction of adult criminal behaviour by a randomized preventive intervention for disruptive kindergarten children
Vitaro, F. and Barker, Edward D. and Brendgen, M. and Tremblay, R.E. (2012) Pathways explaining the reduction of adult criminal behaviour by a randomized preventive intervention for disruptive kindergarten children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines 53 (7), pp. 748-756. ISSN 0021-9630.
Objective: This study aimed to identify the pathways through which a preventive intervention targeting young low-SES disruptive boys could result in lower crime involvement during adulthood. Method: The preventive intervention was implemented when the children were between 7 and 9 years and included three components (i.e. social skills, parental practices, teacher support). Participants (N = 250) were randomly allocated to the intervention or to a control group. The tested pathways included antisocial behaviour, school engagement, parental supervision and friends’ deviancy, both during early and middle adolescence. Crime involvement was assessed in early adulthood. Results: The intervention reduced adult criminal involvement via reduced early and middle adolescent antisocial behaviours. Conclusion: This study adds to the small group of studies that have examined the mechanisms through which early preventive interventions might impact distal outcomes.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Early intervention, disruptive behaviour, explanatory pathways, criminal record, males|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Date Deposited:||17 Jan 2012 10:18|
|Last Modified:||13 Jun 2013 09:12|
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