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ERIC Number: ED477922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Child Delinquency: Early Intervention and Prevention. Child Delinquency Bulletin Series.
Loeber, Rolf; Farrington, David P.; Petechuk, David
Sparked by high-profile cases involving children who commit violent crimes, public concerns regarding child delinquents have escalated. Compared with juveniles who first become involved in delinquency in their teens, child delinquents (offenders younger than age 13) face a much greater risk of becoming serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) formed the Study Group on Very Young Offenders to explore what is known about the prevalence and frequency of very young offending, investigate how very young offenders are handled by various systems (e.g., juvenile justice, mental health, and social services), and determine effective methods for preventing very young offending. The Study Group identified particular risk and protective factors that are crucial to developing early intervention and protection programs for very young offenders. This Bulletin, the first in OJJDP's Child Delinquency Series, offers valuable information on the nature of child delinquency and describes early intervention and prevention programs that effectively reduce delinquent behavior. (Contains 94 references.) (Author)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.