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Preventing Delinquency Through Improved Child Protection Services
(NCJ 187759) July 2001
Bulletin, 20 page(s)
Wiebush, R., Freitag, R., Baird, C.
 
Reviews research on the link between childhood maltreatment and juvenile and adult offending. As set forth in this OJJDP Bulletin, such research indicates that the prevalence of child abuse or neglect among delinquent offenders is substantially greater than it is among the general population. Moreover, maltreated children are significantly more likely to become involved in delinquent behavior than their nonmaltreated peers, and delinquent youth with a history of abuse or neglect are more likely to continue their offending behavior than delinquents who have not suffered child abuse or neglect. Given the links between child maltreatment and juvenile offending, the design and implementation of programs to reduce the incidence of child maltreatment are promising—though often overlooked—strategies for preventing delinquency. In addition to discussing research, the authors of this Bulletin review OJJDP's Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders and examine the role that child protective services' prevention efforts can play in delinquency prevention and intervention.
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