Neighborhood Change and Violence in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Raymond Swisher, PI
Danielle Kuhl 
Jorge Chavez

With funding from a three-year, NICHD R15 grant, this project integrates two contemporary approaches to the study of violence and delinquency: longitudinal studies of violence across the life course, and contextual research on violence within disadvantaged neighborhoods. Using longitudinal data (compiled by the PI) about the neighborhood contexts of youth within the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, it pursues the following research aims: Aim #1: To explore patterns of change in violent behavior in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood; Aim #2: To document levels of stability and change in neighborhood contexts as adolescents transition from adolescence to the period of emerging adulthood; and Aim #3: To investigate associations between stability and change in neighborhood social contexts and individual trajectories of violence. The researchers will also examine the role of migration as it relates to neighborhood change, social processes or mechanisms (e.g., exposure to violence) that may account for these associations, moderators that define the conditions under which associations are stronger or weaker, as well as the possibility of unobserved heterogeneity or selection

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Kuhl, Danielle, Raymond R. Swisher, Jorge Chavez, and Andrew Wilczak. (Forthcoming) “"Social Class, Family Formation, and Delinquency in Early Adulthood." Sociological Perspectives.

Warner, Tara D., and Raymond R. Swisher. (2014). "The Effect of Direct and Indirect Exposure to Violence on Youth Survival Expectations." Journal of Adolescent Health, 55(6): 817-822.

Swisher, Raymond R. and Tara Warner. (2013). “If They Grow Up: Exploring the Neighborhood Context of Adolescent and Young Adult Survival Expectations.” Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23(4): 678-694.

Swisher, Raymond R., Danielle Kuhl, and Jorge Chavez. (2013). “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Neighborhood Attainments in the Transition to Adulthood.” Social Forces, 91(4): 1399-1428.

PRESENTATIONS:

Williams, Seth, Raymond R. Swisher, Jorge Chavez, and Danielle Kuhl. (2015). “(Not) Moving to Heterogeneity: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Neighborhood Heterogeneity Between Adolescence and Adulthood.” Presented to the Population Association of America meetings.

Garber, Andrea, Raymond Swisher, Danielle Kuhl, and Jorge Chavez. (2015). “Preferences Constrained: Racial and Ethnic Variations in Parents’ Neighborhood Choice Considerations.” Presented to the Population Association of America meetings.

Swisher, Raymond  R and Christopher Dennison. (2014). “Social Mobility and Desistance from Delinquency.” Paper presented to American Society of Criminology.

Swisher, Raymond and Tara Warner (2013). “Keeping Adolescent Hopes Alive: Parenting Strategies and Adolescent Survival Expectations in Poor Neighborhoods.” Presented to the National Council on Family Relations meetings  in San Antonio.

Swisher, Raymond, Danielle Kuhl, and Jorge Chavez. (2010) “Neighborhood Change and Delinquency in the Transition to Adulthood.” Presented to the American Society of Criminology Annual Meetings, San Francisco.

Swisher, Raymond and Tara Warner (2010). “Neighborhood Disadvantage, Exposure to Violence, and Survival Expectations in the Transition to Adulthood.” Presented to the American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta.

Kuhl, Danielle, Raymond R. Swisher, and Jorge Chavez. (2009). “Change in Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Desistance from Violence During the Transition to Adulthood.” Presented at the American Society of Criminology Meetings.

Swisher, Raymond R., Danielle Kuhl, and Jorge Chavez. (2009). “Change in Locational Attainments During the Transition to Young Adulthood.” Poster presentation at the Population Association of America’s Annual Meeting.