Infant / Early Childhood Juvenile Delinquency Prevention : Theory, Policy, And Action

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INFANCY/ EARLY CHILDHOOD 1 Infant/ Early Childhood Juvenile Delinquency Prevention: Theory, Policy, and Action Megan A. Harper University of Houston - Clear Lake INFANT/ EARLY CHILDHOOD 2 Abstract Juvenile delinquency is a serious, costly problem that undermines the health and well-being of our nation’s families and communities. Identifying childhood, youth and family risk factors is vital in the prevention of juvenile offending behavior and juvenile court involvement. An ecological view of child development which treats children through their broader environment rather than through isolated intervention has proven to be highly effective. By improving parents’ interactions with these systems, and by helping them to support their child’s physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development, early intervention programs make positive changes in overall functioning that is making children more effective in a variety of social contexts. INFANT/ EARLY CHILDHOOD 3 Juvenile delinquency is a serious, costly problem that undermines the health and well-being of our nation’s families and communities. The price of juvenile delinquency and pre-delinquent behavior is high in both fiscal and social terms. Delinquent behavior taxes our economical resources through the cost of care for incarcerated juveniles, as well as produces many costs that are difficult to quantify, such as the creation

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