Study: Summer Jobs Can Reduce Teen Violence


Summer jobs can help dramatically reduce teenage crime, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania.

The study followed 1,634 students from 13 high-violence Chicago neighborhoods, divided into three groups: those with summer jobs, those whose employment was tied to a social-emotional learning component, and a control group that did not participate in a jobs program.

Teens in the two job groups — who participated in a mentorship program called One Summer Plus — saw a reduction in violent crime arrests of about 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to the study.

And researchers noted that summer jobs programs appear to positively impact teens even after they’ve finished their work.

“The decline occurs largely after the 8-week intervention ends,” researchers wrote.

The study is the latest in a string of research that has found teen job programs can reduce crime.

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