CitationMundt, 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
AbstractWeapon-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.
Keyword(s)Adolescent friendship groups Cohesion Integration Social network analysis Social networks Weapon-related crime
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Author(s)Mundt, Marlon P.
Antonaccio, Olena P.
French, Michael T.
Zakletskaia, Larissa I.