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  NCJ Number: NCJ 239910     Find in a Library
  Title: Comprehensive Investigation of the Role of the Individuals, the Immediate Social Environment, and Neighborhoods in Trajectories of Adolescent Antisocial Behavior, Executive Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Christopher J. Sullivan
  Date Published: 07/2012
  Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This is the executive summary of a study that analyzed the development of adolescent antisocial behavior (substance abuse and delinquency), using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), which is a large study of youth, families, and communities that collects systematic information on the development of adolescents under the influence of broader social institutions and settings.
  Abstract: The study found that exposure to delinquent peers had consistent effects on the initial level of antisocial behavior in most analyses of delinquency and substance use, and some effects persisted into later adolescence. Individual self-control had a significant effect on the latent growth factors on a number of tests for the delinquency measures, but no significant effects in the analysis of substance use. Although the analyses identified some effect of family influence and socioeconomic status (SES), these factors were inconsistent across cohorts and outcome measures. The data analysis suggested that trajectories of delinquency and substance abuse varied across neighborhoods. First, although current best practices with at-risk youth are built around family-based programming, situational/peer risk should be central to the development of prevention and intervention during adolescence. Second, the robustness of delinquent peer exposure as a significant influence on delinquency and substance use, even in the cohort observed starting in late childhood, suggests the need to develop interventions that can counteract this risk. Regarding community-based interventions, it is important to identify community-based factors that may counteract negative peer influences. The PHDCN used multi-wave data for three youth cohorts spanning ages 9 to 19.
  Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
  Index Term(s): Social conditions ; Peer influences on behavior ; Juvenile drug use ; NIJ final report ; Illinois ; Neighborhood
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2009-IJ-CX-0042
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Report (Summary)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: See NCJ-239909 for the final technical report.
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