Ethnicity, Assimilation, and Adolescent Offending

Jeffrey Morenoff, University of Michigan
Tamara Leech, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

In this paper, we examine whether the so-called Hispanic paradox_the idea that some Hispanics, particularly first-generation Mexican immigrants, have positive health outcomes despite having high rates of poverty and related socioeconomic risk factors_applies to adolescent "problem behavior," particularly the propensity towards violent offending. using data from a longitudinal cohort study of youth in Chicago. We also explore some of the explanations for the Paradox as it applies to delinquency, particularly those related to acculturation.

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