It may sound obvious, but a new study shows that it’s also true: Teen employ­ment helps keep kids out of trouble. Researchers from North­eastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies found that in Boston, low-​​income teenagers with summer jobs are less prone to vio­lence and drug and alcohol use.

The center’s director hailed the study’s results, saying, “Dis­ad­van­taged kids ben­efit the most from job-​​creation pro­grams.” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino jumped on board, telling The Boston Globe on Monday that summer employ­ment gives “the kids hope, gives them an oppor­tu­nity they never had.”

 

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