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Emotional and Behavior Problems in Urban and Rural Adjudicated Males: Differences in Risk and Protective Factors

NCJ Number
Victims & Offenders Volume: 5 Issue: 2 Dated: April 2010 Pages: 120-129
D. Margo Nelson; Daniel Coleman; Kevin Corcoran
Date Published
April 2010
10 pages
This study examined the differences in risk factors between urban and rural youth with emotional and behavioral problems.
Emotional and behavior problems in rural adjudicated youth have received scant research attention. The association of risk and protective factors with emotional and behavioral problems were examined in samples of urban and rural adjudicated youth. Urban youth had higher levels of personal and peer risk. For both samples, family and community risk were strong risk factors. The effects of family and school variables on emotional and behavioral problems were stronger for rural youth. The closer social ties of rural communities provide protective effects. Programs that facilitate more supportive family and community networks are consistent with the results of this study. Tables and references (Published Abstract)