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IN SUPPORT OF FRONT-END PROGRAMS FOR JUVENILES

Some juvenile professionals and authorities argue that we would be better served by providing more front-end programs, while others argue that programs should be devised and implemented after the problem is apparent. Select a position, and discuss your views. Provide supporting information and references for your position.
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Thank you for the opportunity to assist you. I have selected the front-end position.

"Research on crime over the life-course reveals that early problem behavior is a strong predictor of later involvement in serious delinquency. This finding suggests that the roots of crime start early in life and do not first emerge in the teenage years. The clear policy implication for this is to intervene early to prevent troubled children from evolving into adolescent and adult criminals" (Wright, J.P., 2007).
According to Wasserman et al (2000) various disciplines in contact with youth approach juvenile problems (e.g. juvenile justice, education and mental health) from a different perspective and use treatments with which every discipline may be unfamiliar; for example some symptoms of conduct disorders may not be illegal, while others may be physically aggressive and violent. Additionally, in a 2005 study Weinberger found that ...

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In the debate over whether front-end programs or after-the-problem appears are more profitable in reducing juvenile delinquency, this paper supports the concept that front-end programs are more helpful. The legality of aggressive behavior is discussed, along with biological and neurological development and other dimensions of treatment by trained professionals.

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