Role of Family and Community Prevention Programs in Delinquency Prevention

Suman Kakar, Florida International University

This study examined the effect of family and community violence prevention efforts on youth at-risk behavior. Using a quasi-experiment design two groups of youths (ages 12-14) were selected. Groups were matched on race, age, gender, and socioeconomic status. One group was enrolled in Family and Community Violence Prevention programs and the other group was not. The youth in both groups were compared on school behavior, academic achievement, and mediation skills. The preliminary results show that community violence prevention programs make some positive impact. These effects also varied by race and types of delinquency. The implications of the study findings are discussed.

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