Significant Reduction in Crime and Violence in Young Men.
“In Liberia, behavioral therapy programs have the potential to reduce crime and anti-social behavior, especially in combination with cash transfers. The results suggest that character skills, self-image, and values are malleable into adulthood, and that even short, non-expert programs of cognitive behavioral therapy can be an effective tool for affecting impulsive, disorganized, and expressive antisocial behaviors.”
Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) and researchers found, through a Randomized Controlled Trails (RCT), that STYL participants engaged in fewer criminal behaviors and improved their self-control and self-image, both one year and ten years after implementation. The RCT conducted by IPA and researchers have shown that STYL reduce crime and violence by 20-50%.
The Impact of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cash Transfers on High-Risk Young Men in Liberia
The Economist on Applying IPA Research from Liberia to Reduce Chicago's Murder Rate
The Economist | May 28, 2019
On Freakonomics Radio: Can cognitive behavioral therapy reduces crime?
Freakonomics Radio | Sep 17, 2015
This Startup Gives Poor People A Year's Income, No Strings Attached
The Huffington Post | Jun 4, 2015
Jobs and jail might not keep young men out of crime, but how about therapy?
The Washington Post | Apr 15, 2015
Chris Blattman on Domestic Cash Transfers in the New York Times
The New York Times | Jul 7, 2014
Notes from the field: Street youth rehabilitation in Liberia
IPA BLOG | Dec 27, 2010
IPA Associate Director of Business and Program Development Joins Panel at Columbia University's African Economic Forum
Event | April 07, 2018
Watch Chris Blattman talk, see the policy note, read the summary in the Washington Post, listen to the NPR Planet Money or Freakonomics episodes, or Chris related New York Times Op-Ed about the program
Here is the URL for the Liberia project page with Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI):