Child and Family Research Workshop featuring Ken Dodge

Fast Track: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Prevent Chronic Violence

February 9, 2010
12:00 AM-12:00 AM

In response to national concerns about violence in youth, the Fast Track Project began in 1990 as a scientific effort to discover how to prevent high-risk children from growing into chronically violent adolescents. Populations of kindergartners were screened to identify high-risk, early-starting conduct-problem children, who were then randomly assigned to receive intervention or not. The intervention was targeted at the known major malleable risk factors for violence (parenting, children’s social-cognitive skills, peer relations, and academic support) and was implemented over a ten-year period. Impact of assignment to intervention on life outcomes through age 18 will be reported, and discussion will focus on implications for developmental models of antisocial behavior and public policy in youth violence prevention.