Fall 2003 Problem Behavior News Archive

Richard Jessor participated in the penultimate meeting of the National Research Councils Panel on Transition to Adulthood in Developing Countries in Washington, D.C., July 7-10, 2003. The panel expects to have its report published in Spring, 2004.

Sharon Mihalic attended the evaluation advisory board meeting of the National Truancy Reduction Demonstration Project in Washington DC on August 7-8, 2003. The Advisory Board chose three sites to include in an extensive evaluation of truancy reduction programs.

On August 26, Richard Jessor was keynote speaker at the annual convention of the National Prevention Network Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sept 2, 2003: Michael L. Radelet, Professor of Sociology and author of recent publication "Capital Punishment in Colorado: 1859-1972", in the University of Colorado Law Review (Vol. 74, Issue 3, pages 885-1010), was the featured guest on Colorado Public Radio's "Colorado Matters," discussing the history of the death penalty in Colorado. 1340 AM Denver and 1490 AM Boulder.

Richard Jessor presented the keynote talk at the Denver Public Schools' "Safe Retreat Schools" in Breckenridge, CO on September 6.

On September 12, with colleagues Fran Costa and Mark Turbin, Richard Jessor presented early findings from a new longitudinal study of CU entering freshman to the C.U. Standing Committee on Substance Abuse here on campus.

On September 19, 2003, National Health Promotion Associates and CSPV Blueprints staff partnered to deliver our first OJJDP Site Coordinators Conference at the Millenium Hotel in Boulder. This one-day event focused on providing an environment where site coordinators could network and learn more on how to sustain their Life Skills Training programs.

Sharon Mihalic spoke on "Defending Juvenile Cases" at the Colorado State Public Defenders Annual Training Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, on September 22, 2003.

Richard Jessor gave a talk to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town on September 30, and spent the day as consultant to several research projects on adolescent risk behavior. (During his visit to Cape Town, Jessor was able to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and to see the prison cell in which he spent 18 years.)

Richard Jessor was keynote speaker at the 14th Biennial Conference of the South African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Professions in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, October 1-3, 2003. The title of his presentation was: "Protective Factors in Adolescent Risk Behavior: Theoretical Framework and Research Findings from China and the U.S."

On October 3, 2003, Diane Ballard provided testimony at the State Capitol Building to the Interim Committee on State Government Expenditures regarding what works in youth violence prevention. Along with Lisa Cirincione of JVA Consulting, Ballard presented information regarding strategies and programs that have strong scientific evidence to indicate that they work and recommended that the state consider using our limited resources to fund programs which are known to work, to stop funding programs which research has indicated have negative effects or no effects, and to provide some funding for research evaluations of programs which look promising.

October 21, 2003: The Boulder Daily Camera article, "Starting Young to Prevent Crime," by Nicole Drummer, reported that the U.S. Assistant Attorney General Deborah Daniels was in Longmont on Monday to observe the violence- prevention program, "Incredible Years," which has been deemed successful by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado.

"Kids who are out of control early have a high percentage of going on to become chronic offenders," said CU professor Delbert Elliott. "We must help them as quickly as we can to make them responsible adults. If we aren't successful, we'll have to pay for prison time and drug treatment. The cost of criminals in this country is tremendous."

The "Incredible Years" program taught in Longmont is one of 11 out of 600 programs nationwide that have been identified by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence as having proven effectiveness in stemming crime, violence and drug use. It offers a set of curricula for parents, teachers and children ages 2 to 8 and trains them to cope with behavioral problems.

In The Washington Post's Nov. 4, 2003 article "Some Schools Take On the Classroom Bully" about bully prevention programs: "It is really important that it be a schoolwide effort," said Grace Taylor, director of the Safe Communities-Safe Schools project at the University of Colorado's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. "One teacher doing it in one classroom is not going to be enough." ... at a time when these (bullying) concerns are rising, the ability of many schools to respond is being hampered, according to researchers. Taylor and others say that state and local budget cuts, along with heightened emphasis on raising standardized test scores, are squeezing out anti-bullying efforts -- particularly the time-consuming programs that appear to work the best.

In the November 4th, 2003 issue of the Boulder Daily Camera, staff writer Greg Avery reported that Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar has asked a federal court to preserve records related to the Columbine High School massacre. Salazar recomended that all Columbine records be given to the Colorado State Archives and that Del Elliott, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, be given access to the records in order to write a comprehensive report on the incident.

At the American Society of Criminology meeting in Denver, on November 18-22, 2003, Scott Menard, Delbert Elliott, John Hewitt, David Huizinga, Robin Corley, Jennifer K. Grotpeter, Michael Stallings, Susan Young, Linda J. Cunningham, Tiffany McNeil, and Linda K. Kuhn presented "The National Youth Survey Family Study: A Multigenerational, Multidisciplinary, Longitudinal Design," and John K. Hewitt, Robin Corley, Brett Haberstick, David Huizinga, Scott Menard, Andrew Smolen, Michael C. Stallings, and Susan E. Young, "Genotype X Environment Interaction: An Examination of the Caspi Hypothesis for the Etiology of Antisocial Behavior in a Nationally Representative Sample of the U.S."

The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has recognized Richard Jessor as an "ISI Highly Cited Researcher" in the category of Social Sciences: General. "These individuals are the most highly cited within each category for the period 1981-1999, and comprise less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers - truly an extraordinary accomplishment" (ISIHighlyCited.com).
The ISIHighlyCited.com list will ultimately include the top 250 preeminent individual researchers in each of 21 subject categories who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work. The subject categories range across the life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. Thus far, 19 Boulder campus faculty, in nine different subject categories, have been identified as "ISI Highly Cited Researchers."  Jessor and a former faculty member in the School of Law are the only two scholars at the University of Colorado recognized in the Social Sciences: General category.

Congratulations to Del Elliott who is the winner of the 2003 "August Vollmer Award." This award recognizes a criminologist whose research scholarship has contributed to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior. The award will be presented at the meetings of the American Society of Criminology in Denver in November.