Levels of Guardianship in Protecting Youth Against Exposure to Violence in the Community

Eileen M. Ahlin, Maria João Lobo Antunes

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Using hierarchical generalized linear modeling and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods data, the authors examine whether different types of guardianship protect youth against exposure to violence in the neighborhood while controlling for situations where exposure is most likely to occur. Protective family management practices and internal locus of control significantly reduce exposure to community violence. Contrary to expectations, however, neighborhood collective efficacy exerted no effect. The findings emphasize the importance of considering family management practices and individual characteristics as protective factors against harmful environments. Further, guardianship is not restricted to external informal agents of control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-83
Number of pages22
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law


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