To investigate the relationship between inadequate literacy and violent behavior among adolescents.
This descriptive study involved a convenience sample of 386 adolescents who participated in a summer track and field and literacy program serving youths in low-income neighborhoods in Shreveport, Louisiana, during 1994-1996.
Self-reported violence was measured using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and reading grade levels were measured by the Slosson Oral Reading Test-Revised (SORT-R).
Youths ranged in age from 11 to 18 years ; 66% were male, and 86% were African-American.
Forty-three percent of adolescents tested had below-grade reading levels (<2 grades).
Participants with below-grade reading skills had higher rates of self-reported violent behaviors compared with those reading at grade level.
When gender, race, and age were controlled for, adolescents reading below grade level were significantly more likely to report carrying weapons [odds ratio (OR)=1.9 ; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.1-3.5], carrying guns (OR=2.6 ; CI 1.1-6.2), to have been in a physical fight at school (OR=1.7 ; CI 1.1-2.6), and to have been in a physical fight resulting in injuries requiring treatment (OR=3.1 ; CI 1.6-6.1).
In addition, youths reading below grade level were significantly more likely to be threatened at school with a weapon (OR=2.1 ; CI 1.2-3. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Aptitude, Lecture, Niveau étude, Adolescent, Homme, Prédiction, Violence, Délinquance juvénile, Facteur risque, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, Trouble comportement social
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Ability, Reading, Education level, Adolescent, Human, Prediction, Violence, Juvenile delinquency, Risk factor, Epidemiology, Mental health, Social behavior disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0390706
Code Inist : 002B18C04. Création : 22/03/2000.