The purpose of this study was to complete a community risk assessment on the 90002 zip code using the Communities That Care model. Forty-five indicators, taken from multiple public sources, were used to compare and contrast the status of 90002 with Los Angeles County, California and the United States on 18 risk factors that were linked to an increased risk of adolescent substance use and juvenile delinquency. The risk factors of main concern in 90002 appeared to be extreme economic deprivation, failure beginning in late elementary school, lack of commitment to school, alienation/rebelliousness, and friends who engage in the problem behavior as well as low neighborhood attachment, and, possibly, availability of firearms, family management, and family history of problem behavior. Thus, efforts to reduce adolescent involvement in substance abuse and delinquency in this area should be primarily targeted at the school and community domains. Implications for social work are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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