Structural Location, Social Support, and Adolescent Youths

Becky Tatum, Georgia State University

ABSTRACT
Social support theory suggests that supportive relationships buffer the effects of stressful life events and/or reduce the probability of adverse symptoms or behaviors. Although studies show that social support is negatively correlated with adolescent crime and deviance, our knowledge regarding the impact of structural location on support provisions remain limited. This paper reviews the empirical and qualitative literature to examine the cultural and social contexts of African-American and Mexican American youths to understand how race, class, and gender may affect how social support is given and received. Implications for adolescent crime, crime prevention strategies and research are discussed.

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