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Peer Influence, Mentoring, and the Prevention of Crime

Christopher J. Sullivan and Darrick Jolliffe

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398823
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398823.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Peer Influence, Mentoring, and the Prevention of Crime

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There are a lot of criminological theories that state that criminal behavior is more or less likely dependent upon peers and the value placed on shared relationships. This article studies the nature and impact of programs designed to resist forming attachments to undesirable peers and programs designed to create attachments to desirable prosocial models. It summarizes the theoretical beliefs that provide a foundation for the anticipated impact of peer risk and mentoring programs. Next, it provides an overview of peer risk interventions and considers some of the characteristics of these programs. It also discusses the evaluation methods and the limits of programs aimed at peer risk.

Keywords: peer influence; mentoring; shared relationships; undesirable peers; prosocial models; peer risk; interventions; evaluation methods

Article.  7934 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice ; Crime Prevention

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