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

David P. Farrington and Brandon C. Welsh


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 most important 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, this is the first book to assess the early causes of offending and what wor ... More

Keywords: early risk factors, offending, early prevention programs, policy strategy, national crime fighting priority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304091
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David P. Farrington, author
Cambridge University

Brandon C. Welsh, author
University of Massachusetts, Lowell