Developmental Etiology of Externalizing Problems

Violence risk

Optimizing Screening for Youth Violence Prevention Programs

(PI: Pardini)
Although several empirically supported prevention programs have been developed to target elementary school children at risk for exhibiting chronic aggression and serious violence into adolescence and young adulthood, no screening tools have been explicitly designed to identify children in the community who should be enrolled in these programs. To address this issue, this project is using a multi-staged measurement development strategy to create a set of informant-specific (i.e., parent, teacher, youth report) screening instruments explicitly designed to identify children at risk for exhibiting chronic aggression and serious violence. The deliverables from this project will be a set of free, empirically-based, and precise risk screening instruments that can be used in multiple settings to identify children most in need of targeted violence prevention services.