Prediction, Screening and Early Intervention: A Critical Analysis

Dorothee Horstkötter*

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This chapter critically analyzes common assumptions about the value of prediction and early intervention of antisocial behavior and juvenile delinquency from an ethical point of view. It presents contemporary academic discourses in science and ethics, and also reverts to the views and actual experiences of juveniles and parents concerned. First, the state of the art on early prevention and intervention are briefly sketched. Next, the chapter focuses on the social and ethical implications for individual children concerned as well as what such measures might entail for their parents and families. Finally, the chapter reflects on how early antisocial behavior (ASB)-prevention can lead to tensions between child well-being and public safety and the implications of such conflicts of interest.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment
EditorsFarah Focquaert, Elizabeth Shaw, Bruce N. Waller
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429507212
ISBN (Print)9781138580626
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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