Programs and Policies to Prevent Youth Crime, Smoking and Substance Use: What Works?

fis08_240x240According to national estimates, almost half of young people, aged 10 to 17 abuse alcohol and drugs, commit crimes, fail in school, or engage in unprotected sex. These risky behaviors can interfere with the chances that young people will grow up to be healthy, productive adults. Do we know enough to prevent youth from engaging in risky behavior? What programs and policies work? How cost effective are they? Also, learn about one state’s experience with establishing prevention programs for children and families, including setting community goals and identifying measurable outcomes.

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Diverting Children from A Life of Crime: Costs and Benefits

by Peter Greenwood
Director, The RAND Corporation’s Criminal Justice Program

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Helping Urban Teenagers Avoid High-Risk Behavior: What We’ve Learned From Prevention Research

by Phyllis Ellickson
Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation and Chair, Health Research Council

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A Review of Policies for Preventing Teen Tobacco Use: What Works What Doesn’t

by Patrick Remington
Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease at the Wisconsin Division of Health, Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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One State’s Experience with Evaluating Prevention Efforts

by Clara Pratt
Professor and Endowed Chair in Family Policy, Oregon State University

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