It has been acknowledged for some years that the early onset of delinquency can predict a long and serious criminal career. Most resources are targeted at the teenage years but this book argues convincingly that more research and interventions should be aimed at child delinquents aged 12 and under. Tomorrow's Criminals addresses key problems in criminological research and makes studies from the Netherlands more accessible to a wider audience. It provides information and analyses on risk factors and reviews screening tools and risk-focused prevention methods. The contributions increase visibility and accessibility of European policy and practice in the explanation and prevention of child delinquency.
'What makes this volume on child delinquency so recommendable is its readability and accessibility, despite the fact that it contains a wealth of information, including information on the manifestations at an early age as well as the correlates and causes of disruptive and delinquent behaviours. The empirically based unravelling of a number of common myths by the authors is particularly useful. Much of the information that pertains to the Dutch situation is of general interest and can easily be applied to other western countries.' Frank Verhulst, MD, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 'Rolf Loeber and colleagues have delivered a book that cuts through the myths and mantras associated with disruptive and delinquent children. Presenting new knowledge from The Netherlands, it provides a rich and valuable source book for all those working across health, education, justice and social care. Sue Bailey, University of Central Lancashire, UK 'This important book must be placed on the bookshelves of all UK public libraries. It is one of the most important publications about children ever published…[and] must be made compulsory reading for all government and voluntary agencies dealing with children.' The Criminal Lawyer 'This book will be of use to a wide audience, from parents and teachers, to youth workers and legal professionals. Academically, it provides a pragmatic approach to a vast literature base… [it] is of a high quality and at the cutting edge of addressing the complicated problem of trying to reduce later criminality.' The Cambrian Law Review
Contents: Foreword; Part I The Problem: Child delinquents and tomorrow's serious delinquents: key questions addressed in this volume, Rolf Loeber, Wim Slot, Peter H. van der Laan and Machteld Hoeve. Part II Manifestations: Child delinquency as seen by children, the police and the justice system, Peter H. van der Laan, Lieke van Domburgh and Machteld Hoeve; Child delinquency as seen by parents, teachers and psychiatrists, Machteld Hoeve, Andrea G. Donker, Channa Al, Peter H. van der Laan, Anna Neumann, Karin Wittebrood and Hans M. Koot; Victimisation of children, Francien Lamers-Winkelman. Part III Correlates and Causes: Individual factors, Hans M. Koot, Jaap Oosterlaan, Lucres M. Jansen, Anna Neumann, Marjolein Luman and Pol A.C. van Lier; Family processes and parent and child personality characteristics, Peter Prinzie, Geert Jan Stams and Machteld Hoeve; Peer relationships and the development of externalising problem behaviour, Pol A.C. van Lier and Hans M. Koot; Bullying in primary school, Ton Mooij; A cumulative developmental model of risk and promotive factors, Rolf Loeber, Wim Slot and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber. Part IV Prevention and Intervention: Screening and assessments, Lieke van Domburgh, Robert Vermeiren and Theo Doreleijers; Prevention, Harrie Jonkman, Tom van Yperen and Bert Prinsen; Interventions, Tom van Yperen and Leonieke Boendermaker; Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment, DjÃ¸ra I. Soeteman and Jan J.V. Busschbach. Part V Legal and European Contexts: Juvenile justice: international rights and standards, Jaap E. Doek; Early interventions with at-risk children in Europe, Rob Allen. Part VI Conclusions: Conclusions and recommendations, Rolf Loeber, Peter H. van der Laan, Wim Slot and M. Hoeve; Appendix: a Canadian programme for child delinquents, Christopher J. Koegl, Leena K. Augimeri, Paola Ferrante, Margaret Walsh and Nicola Slater, Bibliography; Index.