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Research Briefs (17)
RAND's evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches identified program successes and challenges in implementing programs for children exposed to violence. The evaluation results, though largely inconclusive, can inform similar efforts going forward.
The increasing number of suicides is causing concern in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Suicide-prevention programs in DoD and across the services have some (but not all) of the characteristics of comprehensive programs.
Discusses whether legalizing marijuana in California would reduce the revenues of Mexican drug trafficking organizations and related violence.
A sharp increase in Pittsburgh homicides in 2003 led local leaders to launch an antiviolence initiative, One Vision One Life. Researchers found no program effects on homicide and negative effects on assaults.
A detailed investigation into the connections between intellectual-property piracy, organized crime, and terrorism, including case studies of criminal and terrorist groups and recommendations for reducing the demand for and supply of pirated goods.
People living with HIV are much more likely to experience mental health or substance abuse problems than are people in the general population. About one in three individuals do not receive treatment services for these problems.
A study of Latino students in inner-city public high schools found that a school-based violence prevention program improved knowledge of dating violence, reduced tolerance for aggressive behavior, and improved teens' perceptions about getting help if they experienced dating violence.
This research brief summarizes research to create Getting To Outcomes (GTO), a science-based model and support tools to help local groups develop or improve substance-use-prevention programs.
This research brief describes work documented in “Early Predictors of Adolescent Violence,” American Journal of Public Health.
The military has begun to encourage collaborative relationships--through formal memorandums of understanding (MOUs)--between military installations and neighboring communities intended to prevent and respond to domestic violence involving service mem...
To prevent and respond to domestic violence by or against service members, the military hopes to form and strengthen collaborative relationships between installations and neighboring communities. The authors present findings from two case studies of...
This research brief describes work documented in Consequences of Welfare Reform: A Research Synthesis (DRU-2676-DHHS).
Analysis of data regarding firearm ownership and storage patterns found that of the families in the United States with children and firearms, fewer than half store their firearms unloaded, locked, and away from ammunition.
This research brief describes work documented in Welfare Reform in California: State and County Implementation of CalWORKs in the Second Year (MR-1177-CDSS).
Anne Pebley and Laura Rudkin explore research results on the characteristics of grandchildren and grandparents in common households and identify a research agenda for this phenomenon.
Much less attention has been paid to diverting youths who have not yet committed crimes from doing so.
How much crime reduction can they expect from the three-strikes law? And how much will it cost? What about the alternatives? And where will the money come from?