Escaping from the crime of inner cities: Church attendance and religious salience among disadvantaged youth

@article{Johnson2000EscapingFT,
  title={Escaping from the crime of inner cities: Church attendance and religious salience among disadvantaged youth},
  author={Byron R. Johnson and David B. Larson and Spencer De Li and Sung Joon Jang},
  journal={Justice Quarterly},
  year={2000},
  volume={17},
  pages={377 - 391}
}
With the theoretical backdrop of social disorganization and “resilient youth” perspectives, we hypothesize that individual religiosity is protective in helping at-risk youths such as those living in poor inner-city areas to escape from drug use and other illegal activities. To test this hypothesis, we draw data from an interview survey of 2,358 youth black males from tracts in poverty in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, conducted in 1979 and 1980. Results from a series of multilevel analyses… 

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