Campus Units

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

9-2012

Journal or Book Title

American Journal of Community Psychology

Volume

50

Issue

1-2

First Page

101

Last Page

113

DOI

10.1007%2Fs10464-011-9481-7

Abstract

Using data from a sample of 673 Mexican Origin families, the current investigation examined the degree to which family supportiveness acted as a protective buffer between neighborhood disorder and antisocial behavior during late childhood (i.e. intent to use controlled substances, externalizing, and association with deviant peers). Children’s perceptions of neighborhood disorder fully mediated associations between census and observer measures of neighborhood disorder and their antisocial behavior. Family support buffered children from the higher rates of antisocial behavior generally associated with living in disorderly neighborhoods. An additional goal of the current study was to replicate these findings in a second sample of 897 African American families, and that replication was successful. These findings suggest that family support may play a protective role for children living in dangerous or disadvantaged neighborhoods. They also suggest that neighborhood interventions should consider several points of entry including structural changes, resident perceptions of their neighborhood and family support.

Comments

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in American Journal of Community Psychology. The final authenticated version is available online at DOI: 10.1007%2Fs10464-011-9481-7. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Springer Nature

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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