John H. Boman, IV, Ph.D.
Dec. 1, 2016
The Seattle Social Development Project and its Theoretical Foundations
Theories of crime and deviance have shaped many of the projects and programs prevalent in our society today, especially in sanctions such as schools, prisons and other correctional facilities. One such program is the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP), which focuses on strengthening the bonds students have with their teachers and schools. The idea for the program was proposed in 1979 at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work by Director J. David Hawkins and Associate Director Richard F. Catalano (SSDP-Home). The program began in 1981 with first graders in five elementary