Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Dr. Laura Boisen
This study examined several risk and resilience factors associated with sexual intercourse, gang involvement, and alcohol and drug use among 332 urban culturally diverse adolescents aged 12-16 years. In general different patterns of risk and resilience factors were found to predict the three problem behaviors. Delinquency was the only factor that was significantly linked to sexual intercourse, gang involvement, and substance use.
Discriminant analyses supported that delinquency was differentially associated with low problem vs. high problem urban adolescents. In addition when compared to the high problem urban youth the resilient youth tended to have higher academic competence and intact two parent families and were less likely to be involved in a steady relationship.
The results support an ecological multidimensional approach to understanding problem behaviors in urban adolescents. Prevention and intervention approaches based on the study's findings are discussed.
Crosby, Stephanie L., "Risk and Resilience Factors Linked to Problem Behavior Among Urban Culturally Diverse Adolescents" (2000). Theses and Graduate Projects. 228.