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Moving teenagers out of high-risk neighborhoods: How girls fare better than boys

TitleMoving teenagers out of high-risk neighborhoods: How girls fare better than boys
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsClampet-Lundquist, S, Edin, K, Kling, JR, Duncan, GJ
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
ISBN Number00029602 (ISSN)
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, article, Baltimore, Chicago, child behavior, comparative study, demography, Female, high risk behavior, human, Humans, Male, Poverty, Poverty Areas, Residence Characteristics, Risk-Taking, Social Environment, United States

Moving to Opportunity (MTO) offered public housing residents the opportunity to move to low-poverty neighborhoods. Several years later, boys in the experimental group fared no better on measures of risk behavior than their control group counterparts, whereas girls in the experimental group engaged in lower-risk behavior than control group girls. The authors explore these differences by analyzing data from in-depth interviews conducted with 86 teens in Baltimore and Chicago. They find that daily routines, fitting in with neighborhood norms, neighborhood navigation strategies, interactions with peers, friendship making, and distance from father figures may contribute to how girls who moved via MTO benefited more than boys. © 2011 by The University of Chicago.