ERIC Number: ED176376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Delinquency Prevention: Theories and Strategies.
Johnson, Grant; And Others
A summary of desirable and undesirable components of delinquency prevention programs, this paper is intended to help planners, grantmakers, program operators, and others in the development of such programs. Following an introduction, Chapter 2 presents a critical review of contemporary explanations of causes of delinquency and means used to prevent it. Chapter 3 begins with the assumption that there are arrangements and processes in contemporary social institutions that generate delinquent behavior. It then details ways in which these arrangements and processes should be altered, especially in schools, but also in employment and community service. Chapter 4 describes the characteristics of short-term and smaller scale projects that can be effective in helping some delinquents and in demonstrating principles that may be applied on a larger scale. It emphasizes that such programs ought to be part of a conventional legitimated opportunity in school, work, or community service and not isolate or stigmatize participants. Chapter 5 deals with implementation problems arising in delinquency prevention programs that demand significant changes in organizational routines. It lists difficulties that are to be anticipated (such as organizational inertia and complexity) and conditions that make it more likely that programs will succeed (such as external pressures on organizations that could be resolved by change). (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westinghouse National Issues Center, Arlington, VA.
Note: For a related document, see EA 012 083