Latino/a Student Misbehavior and School Punishment

Anthony A. Peguero, Zahra Shekarkhar

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Although Latino/as are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. student population, Latino/a youth face a number of educational hurdles, such as disproportionate school punishment. This topic is particularly relevant today in the midst of the current social, political, and economic debate over the influence of Latino/a immigration in the US school system. This study draws from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 and utilizes hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to analyze the relationships between gender, generational status, misbehavior, and school punishment for 7,250 Latino/a and White students. Findings reveal that Latino/a students, regardless of gender or generational status, are not misbehaving more than White students. For school punitive measures, however, third-generation Latino and Latina students are more likely to be punished. The implications of the disparate school punishment patterns for Latino/a students in the US school system are discussed more generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-70
Number of pages17
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • gender
  • high school
  • immigration
  • Latino
  • school discipline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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