Date of Award


Project Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

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.