Scaling up a multifaceted violence prevention package: County-level impact of the north carolina youth violence prevention center

Paul R. Smokowski, Katie Stalker, Shenyang Guo, Caroline Bill Robertson Evans

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Abstract

Objective: Multifaceted approaches to youth-violence prevention package evidence-based programs into initiatives that yield large-scale impact. This study assessed the impact of a package of evidence-based violence prevention programs, implemented as part of the North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center, on county-level violence indicators. Method: Using growth-curve modeling, the target county was compared to all other counties in North Carolina and a comparison county. Results: Results reveal downward trends on several county-level indicators (i.e., undisciplined/delinquent complaints, total delinquent complaints, juvenile arrests-aggravated assaults, and short-term suspensions) throughout the intervention period. However, statistical tests were unable to confirm that intervention-period scores on youth-violence indicators were significantly different than expected scores given the relationship between pretest and intervention-period scores in other North Carolina counties. Conclusions: Although additional administrative data points are needed to support the hypotheses, this study provides preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-44
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Evidence-based programs
  • Multifaceted approach
  • Prevention
  • Rural
  • Youth violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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