Youth Crime Prevention and Sports

An Evaluation of Sport-Based Programmes and Their Effectiveness

By Yvon Dandurand and Jon Heidt

Published

Nov 22, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529228496

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 22, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529228502

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Youth Crime Prevention and Sports

Sports-based crime prevention programmes are becoming increasingly popular world-wide but until now there has been very little research on the effectiveness of such approaches.

Bringing together authoritative evidence from existing programmes, the authors identify and analyse emerging successful practices. Covering mentoring and coaching, particularly as they relate to Positive Youth Development (PYD) programmes, the authors explore how the development of core life skills can improve individual resilience and decrease the risk of criminal involvement. The book conceptualizes the links between criminological theory and PYD and gives recommendations for future policy and practice.

“An outstanding publication, challenging largely unfounded assumptions that participation in sports-based crime prevention programmes automatically reduces risk of youth crime: rather advocating a need for reliable and valid evidence-based research.” Robert McLean, University of the West of Scotland

“Despite its popularity, the authors present a comprehensive, evidence-informed analysis on the fact that sports may not be an ‘obvious’ crime prevention approach for young offenders.” John Winterdyk, Mount Royal University, Calgary

Yvon Dandurand is Professor Emeritus in Criminology, University of the Fraser Valley and Fellow, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform, Canada.

Jon Heidt is Associate Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley and Associate, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform, Canada.

Introduction

1. Youth Crime Prevention: Myths and Reality

2. Sport Participation and Primary Crime Prevention

3. Sports and Secondary Crime Prevention: Youth at Risk

4. Sports and Tertiary Crime Prevention: Desistance from Crime

5. Theory of Change Underlying Sport-Based Programmes

6. Emerging Good Practices

7. Role of Coaches, Mentors, and Facilitators

8. Crime Prevention Outcomes and Implications for Future Investments