Date of Award
Master of Arts
Cesar J Rebellon
In the present study the influence of peer networks in mediating and moderating racial disparities in youth violence is examined using wave I and wave II of the National Youth Survey (N=1725). Data on peer attitudes and behavior, and individual self-reported incidences involving violent behavior were analyzed through a series of regression models. This study asserts first, that peer association and socioeconomic status mediate racial differences in violence; second, that an interaction between race and differential association and an interaction between race and socioeconomic status exist that affects violent behavior; lastly, an interaction effect will exist between socioeconomic status and differential association such that each influence the effect of the other on respondents propensities for violence.
Burdi, Louis F., "The role of peer networks in mediating and moderating racial disparities in youth violence" (2007). Master's Theses and Capstones. 67.