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Youth Assets, Aggression, and Delinquency Within the Context of Family Structure

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Objective: To identify youth assets associated with reduced aggressive and delinquent behavior of youth residing in 1-parent households but not of youth residing in 2-parent households. Methods: Data were collected from inner-city youth and their parents (N = 1277 youth-parent pairs) using in-home, in-person interviews. Logistic regression analyses, stratifying by 1- and 2-parent household status, were conducted. Results: Several assets were significantly associated with reduced risk behavior only for youth residing in 1-parent households. Conclusions: There appear to be specific assets (eg, Family Communication, Responsible Choices) that are more important for youth living in 1- versus 2- parent households.

Keywords: family communication; family structure; youth aggression and delinquency; youth assets; youth risk behaviors

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 2: Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 3: Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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