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‘Less Social Bonding, More Problems?’: An International Perspective on the Behaviour of (Migrant) Youth

  • Majone SteketeeEmail author
  • Claire Aussems
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Abstract

Many young people with a migrant background feel less attachment to their social environment and institutions. Their marginalized position is often seen as an explanation for their over-representation in problem behaviours such as crime, drug use or school dropouts. Migrant families live more often in disadvantaged areas because of their high levels of unemployment and economic deprivation, and these areas suffer from high crime levels. Residential turnover further weakens social bonds and social control in these areas. This chapter uses the third sweep of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study to examine whether there is a difference in the bonding of young migrants with their family, school, teacher, friend and neighbourhood compared with people who have been born within the country. It assesses whether differences in bonding explain the over-representation of migrant youth in problem behaviour as delinquency, substance use and truancy.

Keywords

Youth crime Bonding Neighbourhood Migrant background 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Verwey-Jonker InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural ScienceErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of Groningen/the Free University of Amesterdam/Verwey-Jonker InstituteAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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