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Publications [#334889] of John D. Coie

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  1. Sorensen, LC; Dodge, KA; Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, (2016). How Does the Fast Track Intervention Prevent Adverse Outcomes in Young Adulthood?. Child Development, 87(2), 429-445. [doi]
    (last updated on 2020/01/27)

    Numerous studies have shown that childhood interventions can foster improved outcomes in adulthood. Less well understood is precisely how-that is, through which developmental pathways-these interventions work. This study assesses mechanisms by which the Fast Track project (n = 891), a randomized intervention in the early 1990s for high-risk children in four communities (Durham, NC; Nashville, TN; rural PA; and Seattle, WA), reduced delinquency, arrests, and general and mental health service utilization in adolescence through young adulthood (ages 12-20). A decomposition of treatment effects indicates that about a third of Fast Track's impact on later crime outcomes can be accounted for by improvements in social and self-regulation skills during childhood (ages 6-11), such as prosocial behavior, emotion regulation, and problem solving. These skills proved less valuable for the prevention of general and mental health problems.

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