Delinquency and Youth At-Risk Prevention Through Families and Communities

Suman Kakar, Florida International University

This article evaluates the role of family and neighborhood empowerment in preventing crime, particularly among juveniles. Some scholars have taken the position that families and communities play a vital role in preparing children for future. Existing research suggests that familiies are one of the strongest socializing agents that transmit social norms and mores to children. They teach children to distinguish acceptable behavior from unacceptable behavior, vanquish unacceptable behavior, defer gratification, respect the rights and property of others. The family is perceived to be encompassing both the physiological and socio-psychological aspects of a child's development. Antithetically, families can also teach children aggressive, antisocial, and violent behavior. If this is true, then families and neighborhood communities appear to be crucial, potenhtially productive, points of intervention at which to control and prevent delinquency. Providing parents with knowledge and skills about adequate child-rearing techniques, individual characteristics of the child and the neighborhood helps them prepare their children for future.

This paper presents preliminary results of the evaluation of intervention through family and neighborhood empowerment in controlling and preventing juvenile crime. The results show that intervention through families and communities can be effective.

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Updated 05/20/2006