Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Evidence-Based Delinquency Prevention for Minority Youth
Allison J. Foley
A number of general approaches and specific programs have been found to be effective in reducing delinquent behaviors among youth. The first studies conducted to these ends, however, largely relied on samples of White males, as did the study of crime in general. Criminologists are making progress in this respect, however, implementing violence-and delinquency-prevention programs in urban, ethnically diverse areas. More recently, scholars are investigating gender-specific programs, or those designed to meet the specific needs of youth of a particular gender, assuming that males and females have differing experiences of crime and its consequences. Some evidence also suggests that youth of different racial and ethnic backgrounds differ in their experiences of crime, though “race-specific programming” has yet to emerge as a unique field of criminological study. Programs have been developed specifically for youth of particular racial and ethnic backgrounds, to meet their specific needs in a culturally sensitive manner. Not ...