CitationChen, Wan-Yi; Propp, Jennifer; & Lee, Yookyong (2010). Connection between adolescent's exposure to community violence and future civic engagement behaviors. 2010 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center.
AbstractThe study investigates: 1) the potential association between exposure to violence and adolescents’ involvement with volunteer activities, and 2) if a positive parent-child relationship would promote adolescents’ civic engagement beyond the influence of such experience. Using 3 waves of data from Add Health, weighted logistic regression analyses predicting volunteer activities were estimated. Study results showed that exposure to community violence decreased the likelihood for adolescent to participate in volunteer or community services. This study reveals that positive parent-child relationship would increase the likelihood for adolescents’ civic engagement; there is no significant buffering effect from positive parent-child relationship against violence exposure on adolescent civic engagement. These findings suggest that interventions to reduce violence and youth victimization in the community are another key aspect to foster social capital within a community. Findings from this study have practical implications in promoting adolescents’ civic engagement. We should reduce risk factors in the community so that we can develop adolescents’ pro-social behaviors.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2010 Add Health Users Conference