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Policing partnerships to address youth antisocial behavior: How parental risk‐taking shapes child outcomes
Criminology & Public Policy  (IF4.333),  Pub Date : 2020-07-09, DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12510
Lorraine Mazerolle, Stephanie M. Cardwell, Emma Antrobus, Alex R. Piquero

Partnerships are an integral part of the working life of police, yet not a lot is known about how such partnerships work to deter and control crime problems. This article explores the impact of a Third Party Policing Partnership involving police and schools coming together to engage with parents to address their child's truancy and antisocial behavior. We report on results from an embedded behavioral economics experiment within the Ability School Engagement Program (ASEP) Trial. ASEP involved 102 young people who were chronically truant from school and randomly allocated to the experimental partnership program (ASEP) or the business‐as‐usual condition. We find that riskier choices made by parents increase the incidence of child self‐reported antisocial behavior (SRASB). Our results show parents in the ASEP condition had greater gains in knowledge of the education laws relative to control. There was a backfire effect for parents in the control group: Their gains in knowledge of the laws led their children to have higher levels of SRASB.