Criminology, etiology of adolescent delinquency, social networks, and developmental implications of adolescent offending. Current research incorporates the friendship networks of adolescents and the role of peer influence for delinquency as well as an examination of romantic partner influence on adolescent crime/delinquency.
Dana L. Haynie is a Professor of Sociology at the Ohio State University. The bulk of her research focuses on the question: Why do most adolescents engage in risky behavior and what are some of the ways that social context facilitates or hinders delinquent behavior? To address this, her research examines adolescent violence/delinquency and peer networks including the diverse ways in which peer relationships and networks affect adolescent involvement in risky behavior. In addition, her research has focused on explaining the detrimental impact of adolescent residential mobility on problem behaviors. In recent work, she has explored the role of romantic partner influence on adolescent behavior, including a consideration of how romantic partners can provide a bridge to other peers and subsequently affect adolescent behavior. She is currently involved in a project that uses longitudinal friendship networks and SIENA analyses to evaluate the role of network processes for shaping adolescent risky sexual behavior. Future research plans include collaborative research to gather social network data on currently incarcerated offenders to better understand how inmate networks affect current behavior as well as post-release outcomes. Research is also underway to collect data on firearm legislation over time and space to better understand under what conditions such legislation may affect gun-related violence. Dr. Haynie is the director of the Criminal Justice Research Center as well as a faculty affiliate of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State.
- Crime,Deviance, & Social Control
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1999