Impact of Family-Based Secondary Prevention Programming on Risk, Resilience, and Delinquency: A 6-Month Follow Up within a Randomized Control Trial in Honduras

Charles M. Katz, Hyunjung Cheon, Eric Hedberg, Scott Decker

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Abstract

The present study examines the impact of Proponte Más, a family-based, multiple gated prevention program in Honduras. The primary goal of Proponte Más is to reduce the risk factors for problem behavior associated with youth in Honduras through family-based intervention services. At risk youth were randomly assigned to a treatment and control group. Data for the study were sourced primarily from the Behavior Measurement Instrument and FACES IV instrument given to study participants prior to and following programming. Our study finds that Proponte Más succeeded in improving family functioning and decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors. Our findings pertaining to the impact of the program on delinquency, however, were mixed. Our findings suggest that RCTs and family-based interventions can be effectively carried out in the most violent and at-risk communities in the Western Hemisphere and can result in reduced risk and improved resiliency among at-risk youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJustice Quarterly
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Central America
  • delinquency
  • Family-based secondary prevention
  • Honduras
  • randomized control trial
  • risk and protective factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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