Urban Black Violence: The Effect of Male Joblessness and Family Disruption

@article{Sampson1987UrbanBV,
  title={Urban Black Violence: The Effect of Male Joblessness and Family Disruption},
  author={Robert J. Sampson},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1987},
  volume={93},
  pages={348 - 382}
}
  • R. Sampson
  • Published 1 September 1987
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
This paper examines the relationships among unemployment, crime, and family disruption in the black "underclass." The main hypothesis tested is that the effect of black adult male joblessness on black crime is mediated largely through its effects on family disruption. The study examines race-specific rates of robbery and homicide by juveniles and adults in over 150 U.S. cities in 1980. The results show that the scarcity of employed black men increases the prevalence of families headed by… 

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