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ERIC Number: EJ859899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-006X
Explaining Discrepancies in Arrest Rates between Black and White Male Juveniles
Fite, Paula J.; Wynn, Porche'; Pardini, Dustin A.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v77 n5 p916-927 Oct 2009
The authors investigated discrepancies in arrest rates between Black and White male juveniles by examining the role of early risk factors for arrest. Two hypotheses were evaluated: (a) Disproportionate minority arrest is due to increased exposure to early risk factors, and (b) a differential sensitivity to early risk factors contributes to disproportionate minority arrest. The study included 481 Black and White boys who were followed from childhood to early adulthood. A higher incidence of early risk factors accounted for racial differences related to any juvenile arrest, as well as differences in violence- and theft-related arrests. However, increased exposure to early risk factors did not explain race differences in drug-related arrests. Minimal support was found for the hypothesis that a differential sensitivity to risk factors accounts for disproportionate rate of minority male arrests. In sum, most racial discrepancies in juvenile male arrests were accounted for by an increased exposure to childhood risk factors. Specifically, Black boys were more likely to display early conduct problems and low academic achievement and experience poor parent-child communication, peer delinquency, and neighborhood problems, which increased their risk for juvenile arrest. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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