Decreasing Delinquency, Criminal Behavior, and Recidivism by Intervening on Psychological Factors Other than Cognitive Ability: A Review of the Intervention Literature

82 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2011

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Patrick L. Hill

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brent W. Roberts

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Psychology

Jeffrey Grogger

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jonathan Guryan

Northwestern University - Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) Program; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Karen Sixkiller

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 2011

Abstract

Research on the causes of delinquency has a long research history, often with an undue focus on how cognitive ability serves as the main predictor of delinquent activity. The current review examines interventions that focus on psychological factors other than cognitive ability, and discusses how several of these programs have demonstrated efficacy in reducing delinquent behavior. Our review uncovers certain themes shared by a number of effective interventions. First, these interventions tend to emphasize rigorous and consistent implementation. Second, effective interventions often incorporate the family environment. Third, several effective interventions have focused on promoting adaptive social skills. In conclusion, our review discusses the possibility that these interventions have proven efficacious in part because they promote adaptive personality trait development.

Suggested Citation

Hill, Patrick L. and Roberts, Brent W. and Grogger, Jeffrey T. and Guryan, Jonathan and Sixkiller, Karen, Decreasing Delinquency, Criminal Behavior, and Recidivism by Intervening on Psychological Factors Other than Cognitive Ability: A Review of the Intervention Literature (January 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w16698. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1740322

Patrick L. Hill

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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Brent W. Roberts

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Psychology ( email )

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Jeffrey T. Grogger

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Jonathan Guryan

Northwestern University - Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) Program ( email )

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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Karen Sixkiller

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