Measuring community risk and protective factors for adolescent problem behaviors: Evidence from a developing nation

Edward R. Maguire, William Wells, Charles M. Katz

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Abstract

Most published research on community risk and protective factors for adolescent problem behaviors has been carried out in developed nations. This article examines community risk and protective factors in a sample of more than 2,500 adolescents in Trinidad and Tobago, a developing Caribbean nation. The authors examine the construct and concurrent validity of five community risk factors and two community protective factors. The findings of this study suggest that existing measures of risk and protective factors have weak construct validity when applied to a sample of youth from Trinidad and Tobago. The revised model specifications this study developed fit the data better than the original models developed in the United States. However, the concurrent validity of both sets of measures is weak. Our findings suggest the need for caution when transplanting measures of risk and protective factors from developed to developing nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-620
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Caribbean criminology
  • factor analysis
  • protective factors
  • risk factors
  • social development model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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