Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective Interventions by David P. Farrington

Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective Interventions

byDavid P. Farrington, Brandon C. Welsh

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After decades of rigorous study in the United States and across the Western world, a great deal is known about the early risk factors for offending. High impulsiveness, low attainment, criminal parents, parental conflict, and growing up in a deprived, high-crime neighborhood are among the mostimportant factors. There is also a growing body of high quality scientific evidence on the effectiveness of early prevention programs designed to prevent children from embarking on a life of crime. Drawing on the latest evidence, Saving Children from a Life of Crime is the first book to assess the early causes of offending and what works best to prevent it. Preschool intellectual enrichment, child skills training, parent management training, and home visiting programs are among the mosteffective early prevention programs. Criminologists David Farrington and Brandon Welsh also outline a policy strategy--early prevention--that uses this current research knowledge and brings into sharper focus what America's national crime fighting priority ought to be. At a time when unacceptable crime levels in America, rising criminal justice costs, and a punitive crime policy have spurred a growing interest in the early prevention of delinquency, Farrington and Welsh here lay the groundwork for change with a comprehensive national prevention strategy to savechildren from a life of crime.

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David P. Farrington is Professor of Psychological Criminology in the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. Brandon C. Welsh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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Title:Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective InterventionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

James Q. Wilson: Foreword1. Introduction: The Need for Early PreventionPart I: Early Risk and Protective Factors2. Understanding Risk and Protective Factors3. Individual Factors4. Family Factors5. Socioeconomic, Peer, School, and Community FactorsPart II: Prevention in the Early Years6. Understanding Risk-Focused Prevention7. Individual Prevention8. Family Prevention9. Peer, School, and Community PreventionPart III: Toward a National Strategy10. Never Too Early: A Comprehensive National Prevention StrategyNotesReferencesIndex

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"Farrington and Welsh have produced a timely and important work for all self-respecting democracies. Every careful student of human development since Plato understands that preventing crime as a way of life starts at conception. Farrington and Welsh offer the up-to-date knowledge needed tochange outdated policies. We cannot afford to continue to lock up offenders as if we were still in the early 19th century. Giving support to at-risk families and children is the only rational and humane way of dealing with crime as a way of life. This book should be mandatory for all social sciencestudents and policy makers."--Richard E. Tremblay, Chair of Child Development, University of Montreal