Friday, August 3, 2018

High-quality connections to school, parents, and neighborhood can protect youth from delinquent behaviors

A new report examines how protective factors at the family, peer, school, and community levels influence the relationship between self-reported experiences of child maltreatment and later delinquent or criminal behaviors among adolescents and young adults. The authors find that certain protective factors (especially high-quality connections to school, parents, and their neighborhood) can impact the likelihood that youth will engage in delinquent behavior. A connection to school is particularly protective for youth who have experienced maltreatment.

These findings suggest that strengthening the connections among youth who have experienced maltreatment to supportive peer, family, and school environments may be an important strategy for helping these youth avoid engagement with the juvenile and adult justice systems. 

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