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Study Indicates Less Structure Among Teens Leads to Violence

By Crisis Prevention Institute | | Posted on 09.16.2010 | 0 comments
A recent study in the Criminology journal reveals that teens who gather informally without adult supervision are more likely to engage in violent behavior, according to an article, "Unsupervised Teens Can Lead to Violent Behavior," in the School Library Journal.

Researchers studied 80 Chicago neighborhoods and interviewed 842 young people between the ages of 8 and 13 three separate times during the course of the study.

Though the level of violence varied amongst different types of neighborhoods studied, many of the so-called “good” neighborhoods also experienced increased levels when teens were not supervised.

The study is the first to suggest unsupervised teens can lead specifically to violence instead of general delinquency. 

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