Toldson, I. A., Sutton, R. M., & Brown, R. L. F. (2012). Preventing Delinquency and Promoting Academic Success among School-Age African American Males.Journal of African American Males in Education, 3(1), 12-27.
The goal of this study was to establish culturally relevant priorities for school-based delinquency prevention programs, by exploring delinquency related factors that have a relationship with educational outcomes for Black males. The domain areas explored included bullying and fighting, use of alcohol and other drugs, and neighborhood safety. The findings suggest that reducing behaviors associated with delinquency improves academic performance across all races. Black males were significantly more likely to report feeling unsafe at school, and Black and Latino males reported problems with feeling safe and trusting others in their neighborhoods. Policy solutions emphasize the role of peer education and mediation, safe communities and schools, drug prevention and school-neighborhood connections.