Effects of School-Based Interventions on Risk for Antisocial Behavior: Results From Meta-Analysis

Sandra J. Wilson, Vanderbilt University

A promising approach to the prevention of antisocial behavior is to intervene early in the developmental trajectory and attempt to alter malleable risk factors that are associated with later antisocial behavior. Results will be presented from an ongoing meta-analysis on the effects of school-based interventions with children on important risk factors for antisocial behavior, including factors related to peer relationships, family functioning, psychological adjustment, and school achievement. Associations between pretest to posttest change among risk factors will be examined in relation to subsequent reductions in antisocial behavior. The analysis will identify those interventions that are most effective for altering important risk factors and the changes in risk factors that are most closely associated with reduced antisocial behavior.

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Updated 05/20/2006