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Research Assistant - Network Stability, Adolescent Delinquency, and Life Transitions

  • Location:

    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Semester:

    Summer 2024

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  • Project Title

    Network Stability, Adolescent Delinquency, and Life Transitions

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Cassie McMillan

  • Project Description

    Peer characteristics and relationships have emerged as important predictors of adolescent substance use and delinquency in the short term. However, it remains unknown how adolescent peer network structures and their stability over time shape criminal trajectories across the life course, particularly during important life transitions (e.g., graduating high school). The proposed research aims to address this gap by leveraging data from the Promoting School-Community Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) study. PROSPER is a large longitudinal study that followed individuals from adolescence to adulthood in rural US communities. Through a data matching initiative with the PROSPER data, the proposed project will develop a friendship network dataset across a uniquely long period of time from early adolescence to young adulthood. The resulting linkages will allow for the analysis of new research questions about substance use, delinquency, network structure, and tie stability during the transition to adulthood. In addition, we will be able to examine how these relationships vary according to individual demographic characteristics (e.g., gender, sexuality) and the network processes that define a youth’s school-community context (e.g., the popularity of substance users).

  • Qualifications Necessary

    The SGA should have previous training in social network analysis, R statistical software, and Stata. They should also have experience working with the PROSPER data and have interests in youth crime and life course criminology.

  • Hours per Week

    20 Hour Position