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Interventions to Prevent Youth Violence

  • Denise C. Gottfredson
  • Erin L. Bauer

This chapter summarizes research on interventions to reduce or prevent the perpetration of youth violence. Youth violence is defined broadly to include acts of interpersonal aggression, ranging in seriousness from crimes against individuals (e.g., robbery, assault) to aggressive behaviors, such as hitting, bullying, and, for younger students, biting and hurling objects at others. This definition explicitly includes aggressive acts of younger children that have been shown to be precursors of later, more serious and violent delinquency (see Tolan and Gorman-Smith [1998] for a summary of such precursors). By defining youth violence to include these precursor behaviors, we are able to consider a broader array of early prevention intervention strategies targeting these earlier behaviors.

The chapter begins with a description of youth violence and a brief history of interventions to reduce it. It then provides a broad-brush snapshot of the types of interventions that have been studied for effects of youth violence and related outcomes, including brief descriptions of the most effective approaches. It concludes with implications for future prevention research and public health practice and policy.

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Crime Prevention Youth Violence Good Behavior Game Voucher Program Violent Video Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of MarylandCollege Park

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