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NCJ Number: 236698 Find in a Library
Title: Immigration, Schools, and Violence: Assimilation and Student Misbehavior
Journal: Sociological Spectrum  Volume:31  Issue:6  Dated:November-December 2011  Pages:695-717
Author(s): Anthony A. Peguero
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 23
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines immigration and student misbehavior.
Abstract: Although the “myth” about the immigration and crime link is one of immigrant propensity for criminality in the United States, contradictory evidence suggests that immigrants, including youth, are less likely to be deviant. Little is known, however, about the multilevel relationships between immigration, schools, and student misbehavior. Analyses, which draw from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 and Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) analysis, indeed reveal imperative findings. Most notably, first-generation immigrant students are less likely to misbehave while at school; however, increased exposure to school social disorder is associated with student misbehavior for first-generation immigrants. This article also discusses the importance of understanding the role of immigration in the multilevel relationship of student misbehavior for one of the fastest growing segments of American society: the children of immigrants. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Family structure; Immigrants/Aliens; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence; School influences on crime; Student disorders
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