Early Intervention and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Evidence from the Chicago Longitudinal Study
Alcorn State University
This article discusses the early intervention and juvenile delinquency prevention. The role of an educational intervention and child, family, peer and school level prediction on court reported juvenile delinquency. This paper will discuss the importance of early intervention and schooling factors in reducing delinquency and highlights the benefits of early intervention as one mechanism for delinquency prevention.
Child parent centered preschools programs found long term benefits of an early childhood educational intervention on court reported measures of juvenile delinquency. The current strongest family factor associated with delinquency was child abuse and neglect between ages four and eleven. Child maltreatment was associated with juvenile delinquency; other ...view middle of the document...
The parents must be involved because they are the first person that the child trusts. This is more prevalent if there are any risk factors such as domestic violence, drug abuse or alcohol abuse. The parent must keep the child safe and not neglect them.
It implies that we must advocate for the client which is the child. We must have their best interest in mind. It shows that we must have the skill and know how to help the client and its family. The relationship that all systems affect the client is shown in this article. They must have a positive interaction at home, school and socially. They must have a nurturing environment to grow into a well educated and productive young adult who’s in high school and advancing towards college.
It correlates well because I want to work in the area of the family. I want to help the family to be healthy in the respect of being able to communicate and no one being strained and afraid to tell how they feel. The family is a major component of a child’s life. I will use myself as an example. My mother was a single mother until I was five. She then got married and instead of my life getting better with two parents it was worse. My mother and stepfather had a son out of this union. My brother and I went in two different ways. I tried to find someone to love me and he has run away. When I say run away he has graduate high school and won’t come back home. I have grown to love myself and got out of a marriage that wasn’t doing me any good and hurting my kids. If my brother and I would have had a better family life we would have made different decisions in our life. The family is the foundation for kids.
In conclusion, the findings from the study have several important implications not only for maintenance and development of preschool programs, but also for social and educational policy and practice. Social workers can play a vial role in the delinquency prevention process. Social workers can identify, assess, and serve at risk kids that have a juvenile delinquency by working to stabilize the problem.