Empirically Based Strategies for Preventing Juvenile Delinquency

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2016 Apr;25(2):257-68. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2015.11.009. Epub 2016 Jan 19.


Juvenile crime is a serious public health problem that results in significant emotional and financial costs for victims and society. Using etiologic models as a guide, multiple interventions have been developed to target risk factors thought to perpetuate the emergence and persistence of delinquent behavior. Evidence suggests that the most effective interventions tend to have well-defined treatment protocols, focus on therapeutic approaches as opposed to external control techniques, and use multimodal cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies. Moving forward, there is a need to develop effective policies and procedures that promote the widespread adoption of evidence-based delinquency prevention practices across multiple settings.

Keywords: Crime; Intervention; Juvenile delinquency; Prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Evidence-Based Practice / methods*
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / prevention & control*
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology*