ERIC Number: ED466883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Dreams, Gangs, and Guns: The Interplay between Adolescent Violence and Immigration in a New York City Neighborhood.
This report presents the effect of immigration on family cohesion, specifically the relationship between parents and children. It draws on 5 years of fieldwork in one New York City immigrant community to describe how the generation gap separating immigrant adolescents from their parents, made wiser by the immigration process, leads these children to rely on violent peer groups for protection. The social development of 25 first and second generation immigrant adolescents, beginning in 7th grade is documented. Each year, observations were performed in the community and the middle school, students and parents were interviewed, and interviews in the Dominican Republic, the country of origin for most participants, were conducted. Results show that many of the parents were unprepared to guide their children through the dangers of their adopted U.S. neighborhoods, and the children therefore relied on neighborhood peers for socialization and protection. For many immigrant adolescents, adoption of violent behavior was a solution to physical threats they faced. Once they left their neighborhoods or the threats to safety disappeared, they generally ended their involvement with violent peers. (Contains 38 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adolescents, Generation Gap, Guns, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Neighborhoods, Parent Responsibility, Peer Influence, Socialization, Urban Areas, Violence
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; Pinkerton Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Vera Inst. of Justice, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic; New York (New York)