Youth co-offending networks: An investigation of social and spatial effects

David R. Schaefer

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This research tests the relative contribution of social distance and spatial distance to the presence of ties between neighborhoods based on youth co-offending. Using official court data from a large U.S. metropolitan area, a set of dyad independence and exponential random graph models are estimated in order to investigate the characteristics of neighborhoods that foster co-offending. Results reveal significant effects of both social and spatial distance. Social distance contributes to network structure net of spatial proximity, though spatial factors better explain the overall network structure. These results have methodological implications for the analysis of spatial effects and criminal behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Community structure
  • Crime
  • ERGM
  • Neighborhoods
  • Social distance
  • Spatial proximity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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