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Cassie McMillan, Northeastern University

New destinations, adolescent friendship, and substance use: How network revitalization informs the immigrant paradox
When Feb 06, 2023
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where In Person - 1101 Morrill Hall - currently planned
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Seminar

Despite being newcomers and experiencing various socio-economic disadvantages, Latinx migrants and their families tend to report better indicators of health, less involvement in crime, and higher educational attainment than their native-born peers. These paradoxical benefits are not limited to migrants themselves but also spill over to the US communities where Latinx migrants settle. The current project reevaluates the migrant paradox by adopting a social network perspective to assess whether growing Latinx populations can restructure patterns of social relations in ways that reduce community-level rates of adolescent substance use. Using a sample of adolescent friendship networks from rural, Midwestern communities, I compare the structural dynamics of networks embedded in new Latinx destinations to those in communities without growing migrant populations. Results indicate that the social networks of new Latinx destinations evolve in ways that disincentivize alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis use for adolescents from all racial/ethnic and nativity backgrounds. I argue that when migrants move into non-traditional destinations, they revitalize the social networks of their communities in ways that inspire healthy, pro-social outcomes for all residents.

About the Speaker

Cassie McMillan

Cassie McMillan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Her research applies a social networks perspective to disentangle how our connections both reproduce and challenge systems of social inequality. She is interested in developing statistical and computational methodologies that can better address these questions and applying these techniques to study adolescent delinquency, health, and migration.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Zoom Registration Link. Upon registration, you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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