Outcome studies have shown that treatment does not work if administered too late. Preventing Childhood Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Delinquency presents the newest research on the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs with children, from birth to adolescence. The contributors to this volume examine the theory and practice of leading programs designed to prevent social and behavioral problems–including violence and substance abuse–in children and adolescents. The innovative programs analyzed here focus on social skills training for children with conduct disorders, anger coping group work for aggressive children, parent training programs, life skills training for substance abuse prevention, and programs for high-risk youth and rural populations. All designed to intervene before the onset of disorders or to deal effectively with problems when they first appear, many of the programs also emphasize strengthening family, school, and community involvement for successful risk reduction. Clinical psychologists and human services professionals who work with children and youths will find Preventing Childhood Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Delinquency illuminating. This book also will be of interest to policy makers who are looking for more effective and efficient interventions to child and adolescent problems.
Chapter 12: From Childhood Physical Aggression to Adolescent Maladjustment: The Montreal Prevention Experiment
From Childhood Physical Aggression to Adolescent Maladjustment: The Montreal Prevention Experiment
Physical aggression has been identified as one of the best predictors of later deviant behavior. Farrington (1991, 1994) has shown that aggressive boys between 8 and 10 years of age living in a low socioeconomic status (SES) environment of London were, by age 32, more likely to have been [Page 269]convicted, be chronic offenders, be unemployed, and have reported drunk driving. Stattin and Magnusson (1989) obtained similar results with a sample of girls and boys from central Sweden who were assessed at ages 10 and 13 and then followed up to age 26 for registered lawbreaking. Most longitudinal studies of aggression suggest that it ...