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Saving Children from a Life of CrimeEarly Risk Factors and Effective Interventions$
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David P. Farrington and Brandon C. Welsh

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304091.001.0001

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Family Prevention

Family Prevention

(p.121) 8 Family Prevention
Saving Children from a Life of Crime

David P. Farrington

Brandon C. Welsh

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates family-based prevention programs or programs that target risk factors for delinquency and later offending that are associated with the family, such as poor child-rearing, poor parental supervision, and inconsistent or harsh discipline. These programs are usually delivered by health professionals such as nurses and they are typically less behavioural, mainly providing advice and guidance to parents or general parent education. The findings reveal that parent education plus daycare services and parent management training are effective in preventing delinquency and later offending.

Keywords:   family-based prevention programs, risk factors, delinquency, later offending, poor child-rearing, parental supervision, inconsistent discipline, parent education, daycare services

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