Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Program on Immigrant Youths Adopting the Norms of Peer Violence

Joanna Almeida, Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University's Institute of Urban Health Research, will speak about foreign born youths adopting this country's social norms that perpetrate violence.

Her study found that among a sample of Boston public high school students, recent immigrants had a significantly lower risk of perpetrating peer violence such as hitting, punching and kicking compared to immigrants in the U.S. here for more than 4 years and to youths born in the U.S. This pattern of violence among immigrant youth did not differ by race or ethnicity. The study's findings point to the idea that the social environment in this country contributes to foreign-born youth rapidly adopting the social norms that encourage violence.

This program will be held Tuesday, April 5 from noon until 1:00pm in room 442 of the State Library in the State House. Please join us to learn more about this important topic. To register, call 617.727.2590 or email us at

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the State Library.