Policy makers concentrating on juvenile crime should pay need to research that could guide more-effective prevention efforts, criminologists told the Justice Department's annual criminal justice research and evaluation conference yesterday. As an example, Terence Thornberry of the University of Albany said that child maltreatment is a more significant factor pointing to delinquency if it happens during adolescence than during early childhood. Daniel Nagin of Carnegie Mellon University said that only one-eighth of children who are aggressive at age 6 will continue into adolescence or young adulthood. Two common characteristics of such children are having mothers who . . .
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