Preventing Crime Through Intervention in the Preschool Years

Holly S. Schindler, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

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This article considers the potential of preschool interventions to prevent crime. It highlights how certain kinds of preschool programs may help decrease crime later in life, and how prevention during early childhood can be viewed as reducing levels of early behavior problems and improving socialemotional development. It identifies some possible pathways of prevention, which includes child-and parent-based pathways. This is followed by a discussion of some interventions that target both child-and parent-based pathways. This article also considers some cross-cutting issues that are important across various intervention strategies in prevention science in preschool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940783
ISBN (Print)9780195398823
StatePublished - Mar 12 2012


  • Early behavior problems
  • Intervention strategies
  • Pathways of prevention
  • Preschool interventions
  • Preschool programs
  • Prevention science
  • Social-emotional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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