The purpose of this study was to complete a community risk assessment of the city of Bell Gardens utilizing the Communities That Care model. Forty-three indictors, gathered from multiple public sources, were used to compare the risk factors for Bell Gardens and surrounding areas, with Los Angeles County, California and the United States, as appropriate. The risk factors of main concern for Bell Gardens appeared to be failure beginning in late elementary school, lack of commitment to school, early and persistent antisocial behavior, alienation/rebelliousness, favorable attitudes toward problem behavior. Other risk factors that could be addressed were extreme economic deprivation, low neighborhood attachment and community disorganization, and, possibly, family history of problem behavior. Therefore, the efforts to reduce adolescent involvement in delinquent behaviors and teen pregnancy in Bell Gardens should be targeted primarily to the school and individual and peer domains. However, some interventions may also be needed in the community domain. Evidence-based interventions to reduce these risk factors in Bell Gardens and implications for social work practice are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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