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Author: St. Vil, Christopher
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1. St. Vil, Christopher
Neighborhood Perception and Risk Taking Attitudes Among Adolescent and Young Adult Men
Ph.D. Dissertation, Howard University, 2012
Cohort(s): NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Adolescent Behavior; Attitudes; Depression (see also CESD); Neighborhood Effects; Racial Differences; Risk-Taking

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This research considers how perception of neighborhood impacts adolescent and young adult risk-taking attitudes. The purpose of this dissertation is twofold. First this study sought to determine whether levels of risk-taking attitude vary by race, age, and neighborhood perception. Secondly this study sought to determine if certain variables of interest serve as predictors of risk-taking attitudes. A sample of 3,021 Black, Hispanic, and White males aged 14 to 35 years old was selected from the 2008 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Young Adult data set were. The analysis included multivariate analysis of variances (MANOVA) and multiple regression analysis. The participants in this study completed measures of depression, self-concept, family conflict, and risk-taking attitudes. The results of the MANOVA indicate that Black males report lower levels of risk-taking attitude and depression than their White and Hispanic counterparts. Neighborhood perception was not correlated with risk-taking attitude and therefore, not entered into the regression analysis. The results of the multiple regression show that the major predictor of risk-taking attitude was being White, explaining about six percent of the variance in risk-taking. These findings point to the importance of (1) racial stereotypes and their impacts, (2) the prevalence of risk-taking attitudes, and (3) future research to further explain the interaction between measures of masculinity and race.
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St. Vil, Christopher. Neighborhood Perception and Risk Taking Attitudes Among Adolescent and Young Adult Men. Ph.D. Dissertation, Howard University, 2012.