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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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Individual Prevention

Individual Prevention

(p.105) 7 Individual Prevention
Saving Children from a Life of Crime

David P. Farrington

Brandon C. Welsh

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses individual-based prevention programs for potential criminals. It explains that these types of programs target risk factors for delinquency and later offending that are found within the individual. They have as explicit aims the betterment of children's immediate learning and social and emotional competencies, as well as the improvement of children's success over the life-course. They are implemented at a time when children are most impressionable and hence receptive to intervention. This chapter reviews the scientific evidence on what works to prevent delinquency and later criminal offending through individual-based interventions that are delivered in the early years of life.

Keywords:   individual-based prevention programs, potential criminals, risk factors, delinquency, later offending, immediate learning, social competencies, emotional competencies

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