Campus Units

Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2-2005

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Volume

114

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

14

DOI

10.1037/0021-843X.114.1.3

Abstract

The authors tested neighborhood context, negative life events, and negative affectivity as predictors of the onset of major depression among 720 African American women. Neighborhood-level economic disadvantage (e.g., percentage of residents below the poverty line) and social disorder (e.g., delinquency, drug use) predicted the onset of major depression when controlling for individual-level demographic characteristics. Neighborhood-level disadvantage/disorder interacted with negative life events, such that women who experienced recent negative life events and lived in high disadvantage/disorder neighborhoods were more likely to become depressed than were those who lived in more benign settings, both concurrently and over a 2-year period. Neighborhood disadvantage/disorder can be viewed as a vulnerability factor that increases susceptibility to depression following the experience of negative life events.

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This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.114.1.3. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Psychological Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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