The purpose of this study was to complete a community risk assessment of the city of Pasadena, California using the Communities That Care model to evaluate the factors that place Pasadena adolescents at risk for school dropout and teen pregnancy. Twenty-six indicators of 12 empirically-supported risk factors were drawn from secondary, public data sources. A comparative analysis was then completed in order to understand the most salient risk factors facing the community of Pasadena and to suggest evidence-based prevention programs that could be implemented in the community to address the priority risk factors found in Pasadena. The research showed that risk factors of most concern to Pasadena were transitions and mobility, lack of commitment to school, early and persistent antisocial behavior, alienation and rebelliousness, friends who engage in the problem behavior and early initiation of the problem behavior. Implications for social work practice and directions for future research are addressed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Social work, Public policy|
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