Freisthler and Abrams Examine Neighborhoods’ Influence on Juvenile Recidivism

Freisthler and Abrams Examine Neighborhoods’ Influence on Juvenile Recidivism

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Tue, 10/26/2010 - 3:05pm

A new study in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, “A Spatial Analysis of Risks and Resources for Reentry Youth in Los Angeles County” by assistant professor Bridget Freisthler, and associate professor Laura Abrams, both of Social Welfare Department, measures the rate of juvenile offenders released into each of Los Angeles County's 272 ZIP codes and examines specific neighborhood-level factors that could play a significant role in their reintegration or recidivism.
 
"When neighborhood environments include a culture of violence, young people may be influenced to participate in violence as a means of survival or to protect themselves or their families," said study co-author Bridget Freisthler, who is also an affiliated research scientist at the PRC. "If we want to influence the future behavior of these young people who have already been in trouble with the law, it may be much more effective to try to change these neighborhoods rather than trying to change the mindset of individual youth."

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A new study in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, “A Spatial Analysis of Risks and Resources for Reentry Youth in Los Angeles County” by assistant professor Bridget Freisthler, and associate professor Laura Abrams, both of Social Welfare Department, measures the rate of juvenile offenders released into each of Los Angeles County's 272 ZIP codes and examines specific neighborhood-level factors that could play a significant role in their reintegration or recidivism.