Submitted by Admin on March 21, 2015 - 11:13am
Christina Tam, student researcher for the Spatial Analysis Lab, published an article in Child and Adolescent Social Work examining how neighborhood characteristicsa are related to violence, arrests, or involvement in gangs.
Southeast Asian youth are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system, and yet little is known about the correlates of their delinquency. Predicated upon segmented assimilation theory, the aims of this study were (1) to examine the relationship between linguistic acculturation and risk behaviors and (2) to investigate neighborhood effects on risk behaviors among a sample of 153 at-risk Southeast Asian youth and young adults recruited from the East Bay Area near San Francisco, California. Exploratory factor analysis from estimated Census data derived neighborhood constructs for concentrated disadvantage and immigrant concentration. A series of binary logistic regression models suggested that linguistic acculturation, neighborhood disadvantage, and immigrant concentration were not related to violence perpetration, arrest, or gang association. Males and those who had dropped out of school were more likely to report acts that are associated with delinquency. Findings suggest that scholars and policymakers should continue to use disaggregated ethnic data to implement culturally competent practices that are reflective of the respective groups’ cultural backgrounds and migration histories. Implications for further research and practice among children of Southeast Asian immigrants are discussed.
Tam, C. & Freisthler, B. An exploratory analysis of acculturation, neighborhood, and risk behaviors among children of Southeast Asian immigrants. Available online January 2015, Child and Adolescent Social Work. doi: 10.1007/s10560-014-0372-2