Research/Themes/Communities/Norms and networks

The project seeks to understand the composition of Latino youth friendship and peer networks to derive the structural properties that influence the commission of crime and gang behavior. Through social network data collection and analysis, we will elicit information on both individual and group dynamics that contribute to criminal behavior and group-related activity among Latino youth and young adults. Sponsored by OJJDP.

Related faculty
Caterina Gouvis Roman

Selected publications

Jeffrey A. Butts and Caterina Gouvis Roman. (Forthcoming Winter 2009). “A Community Youth Development Approach to Gang Control Programs.” In: Youth Gangs and Community Intervention: Research, Practice, and Evidence, edited by Robert Chaskin. New York: Columbia University Press.

Caterina Gouvis Roman. 2008. “Common Elements of Anti-Gang Programs.” In Daring To Care: Community-Based Responses to Youth Gang Violence in Central America and Central American Immigrant Communities in the United States, Washington, DC: Washington Office on Latin America.