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Intervention lowers drug, crime and behavior problems, but not by much
Intervention lowers drug, crime and behavior problems, but not by much

Violence prone children who went through a decadelong intervention program grew up to have fewer psychiatric, drug-related and legal problems, according to a new study. In 1990, George H.W. Bush was in office, the crack epidemic was in full swing, and Congress wanted the National Institute of Mental Health to do something about youth violence. Child psychologist Kenneth Dodge at Duke University eventually persuaded the institute to fund a 10-year study that would compare how children would fare under prolonged therapy and tutoring aimed at improving social and cognitive skills, and whether their adult fates would differ from similar children who did not participate. No study of its...

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