Youth-serving Organizations and Contextual Moderators of Associations with Adolescents' Antisocial Behavior Trajectories
Abstract: The primary goal of this dissertation is to develop and test a
conceptual model elucidating the dynamic relationships between neighborhood-based
youth-serving institutions, family dynamics, neighborhood collective efficacy, and
adolescents' antisocial behavior trajectories. I address this goal from relational
developmental systems theories (e.g., Lerner, 2006; Overton, 2015) and bioe... read morecological
perspectives (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 2006), and by expanding on Leventhal and
Brooks-Gunn's (2000) framework identifying processes through which neighborhood structural
features (e.g., poverty) operate. I propose a study that attempts to answer three research
questions: (1) Do associations between availability of institutional resources and
adolescents' activity participation differ as a function of behavior profile? (2) Does
activity participation predict stability or change in adolescents' behavior profile
membership? and (3) Is the association between adolescents' activity participation and
stability or change in their behavior profile membership moderated by family dynamics or
neighborhood collective efficacy? I address these questions using the Project on Human
Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, a large, longitudinal dataset with a
neighborhood-based sampling framework. Policy and research implications are
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Tama Leventhal Leventhal.
Committee: Francine Jacobs, and Jonathan Zaff.
Keywords: Developmental psychology, and Criminology.read less