The role of adolescent friendship group integration and cohesion in weapon-related violent crime as a young adult

Citation

Mundt, Marlon P.; Antonaccio, Olena P.; French, Michael T.; & Zakletskaia, Larissa I. (2017). The role of adolescent friendship group integration and cohesion in weapon-related violent crime as a young adult. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. vol. 46 (8) pp. 1643-1660

Abstract

Weapon-related violent crime is a serious, complex, and multifaceted public health problem. The present study uses data from Waves I and III of Add Health (n = 10,482, 54% female) to examine how friendship group integration and cohesion in adolescence (ages 12-19) is associated with weapon-related criminal activity as a young adult (ages 18-26). Results indicate that greater cohesion in friendship groups is associated with significantly lower weapon-related criminal activity in young adulthood. In addition, for adolescent girls, a greater number of close friendship ties-an indicator of friendship group integration-is associated with less weapon-related criminal activity in young adulthood. These findings suggest that school-based initiatives to facilitate inclusive and cohesive adolescent peer communities may be an effective strategy to curb weapon-related criminal activity in young adulthood.

URL

https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-017-0631-6

Keyword(s)

Adolescent friendship groups Cohesion Integration Social network analysis Social networks Weapon-related crime

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Author(s)

Mundt, Marlon P.
Antonaccio, Olena P.
French, Michael T.
Zakletskaia, Larissa I.

Year Published

2017

Volume Number

46

Issue Number

8

Pages

1643-1660

Edition

January 16, 2017

DOI

10.1007/s10964-017-0631-6

NIHMSID

NIHMS844099

Reference ID

7103