Explaining Racial Differences in Violent Behavior

Paul Bellair, The Ohio State University
Thomas L. McNulty, University of Georgia

ABSTRACT
Research examining the correlates of youth violence consistently reports disproportionate involvement among racial and ethnic minority group members. Theoretical explanation of these differences focuses on stratification processes and resultant inequalities. We test the hypothesis that racial differences in violent behavior can be explained by community, family well-being, and social capital disadvantages with regression models using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

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