To Hit or Not to Hit: The Effects of Social Capital on Youth Violence

Charles E. Freeman, University of Delaware
Lana D. Harrison, University of Delaware

ABSTRACT
Data from the Cross-National Study of the Youth Drug-Violence Nexus being conducted in the Philadelphia and Toronto areas is utilized in this analysis of the impact of various social capital variables on self-reported violent behavior of adolescents. The analysis is limited to the U.S. detainee and community samples and is focused on social capital variables that include neighborhood attachment, parental/family attachment, parental and respondent activities, and attachment to friends. Each group of social capital variables is assessed as to their impact on the amount of violence visited upon the respondent in the past 12 months and on the amount of violence the respondent has done to others during that same period of time.

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