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How Does Assimilation Status Among Hispanic Youth Impact Their Involvement in Violence and Victimization? - Interview at the 2010 NIJ Conference

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June 2010
2 pages
This is the video and transcript of a presentation at the 2010 NIJ Conference that reported on a study of how assimilation status among Hispanic youth affected their involvement in violence and victimization.
Based on data obtained from the Chicago project on human development - a longitudinal study of children, multiple cohorts, and 80 neighborhood clusters - the current study focused on the Hispanic children in the 9, 12, and 15 year-old cohorts to determine whether there was a link between generational status and involvement in violence perpetration and violent victimization. Consistent with previous research, the study found that third-generation immigrant Hispanics were more likely than the first and second generational cohorts to be involved in violence perpetration. In addition, the study found that second-generation immigrants were more likely to be victims of violence than first-generation Hispanic children. Neither delinquent peers nor self-control mediated the relationship between generational status and violence perpetration; however, delinquent peers did mediate the relationship between generational status and violent victimization.

Date Published: June 1, 2010