The science of youth violence prevention. Progressing from developmental epidemiology to efficacy to effectiveness to public policy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Public policy in the United States has historically considered youth violence as a moral problem to be punished after the fact, but growing scientific evidence supports a public health perspective on violent behavior as an interaction between cultural forces and failures in development. Prevention science has provided a bridge between an understanding of how chronic violence develops and how prevention programs can interrupt that development. Articles in this journal supplement provide yet another bridge between efficacious university-based programs and effective community-based programs. It is suggested that yet one more bridge will need to be constructed in future research between community-based programs that are known to be effective and community-wide implementation of prevention efforts at full scale. This last bridge integrates the science of children's development, the science of prevention, and the science of public policy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dodge, KA

Published Date

  • January 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • 63 - 70

PubMed ID

  • 11146262

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-2607

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-3797

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0749-3797(00)00275-0


  • eng