ERIC Number: ED301319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
American Education--American Delinquency. Report No. 23.
Gottfredson, Gary D.
This paper describes what is known about delinquent behavior and the risk factors associated with engaging in delinquent behavior. Discussion focuses particularly on: (1) delinquent behavior and adolescent problem behavior; (2) high risk persons; (3) the role of learning in restraint against delinquency; (4) loci of intervention, including families, the justice system, and schools; (5) benefits and problems associated with preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary school intervention programs and school improvement programs; (6) guidelines for practice; and (7) opportunities to improve American education. Evaluations of approaches to delinquency prevention are reviewed, promising approaches are identified, and suggestions are made for applying early and continuing long-term educational and behavioral management programs to reduce delinquency. It is argued that approaches to reduce delinquent behavior should center on what young people learn, and that the school is the most promising locale for taking steps to reduce delinquent behavior. Over 100 references are listed. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Elementary and Middle Schools, Baltimore, MD.
Note: Reprinted with permission from "Today's Delinquent," Volume 6, 1987.