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    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.

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    Abstract

    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Early intervention, disruptive behaviour, explanatory pathways, criminal record, males
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 10:18
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 09:12
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4565

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