ERIC Number: EJ723590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 81
The Relationship between Life Satisfaction, Risk-Taking Behaviors, and Youth Violence
MacDonald, John M.; Piquero, Alex R.; Valois, Robert F.; Zullig, Keith J.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v20 n11 p1495-1518 2005
This study builds on existing criminological theories and examines the role of life satisfaction and self-control in explaining youth violence. Using data from a stratified cluster sample of 5,414 public high school students who responded to the South Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the study examines the relationship between adolescents' perceptions of life satisfaction, behavioral risky acts, and self-reported acts of violence. Analyses indicate that higher levels of life satisfaction are associated with lower violence. Participation in work and involvement in health-related risk-taking behaviors pertaining to sex, drugs, and alcohol are also associated with increased violence. The implications of these findings for criminological theory and for school-based violence prevention programs are discussed.
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Violence, Student Surveys, Crime Prevention, Behavior Theories, Self Control, High School Students, At Risk Persons, Adolescents, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey