Family and child characteristics linking neighborhood context and child externalizing behavior

Mark W. Roosa, Shiying Deng, Ehri Ryu, Ginger Lockhart Burrell, Jenn-Yun Tein, Sarah Jones, Vera Lopez, Sakina Crowder

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Abstract

Neighborhood conditions are related to children's externalizing behavior, although few processes that help explain this association have been identified. With data from 189 primarily low-income Anglo and Mexican American families, we tested a stress process model that included 3 potential mediators of this relationship. The results showed that child stressful life events, association with deviant peers, and parent-child conflict mediated the relationship between neighborhood context and child externalizing behavior when household income and maternal depression were controlled. The model explained more than 25% of the variance in externalizing behavior. Furthermore, differences in results for families with a U.S.-born versus Mexico-born mother showed that neighborhood influences on families and children may be quite complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-529
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

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Keywords

  • Externalizing behavior
  • Mexican American families
  • Neighborhood
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Peer relations
  • Stress

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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Family and child characteristics linking neighborhood context and child externalizing behavior. / Roosa, Mark W.; Deng, Shiying; Ryu, Ehri; Lockhart Burrell, Ginger; Tein, Jenn-Yun; Jones, Sarah; Lopez, Vera; Crowder, Sakina.

In: Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 67, No. 2, 05.2005, p. 515-529.

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Roosa, Mark W. ; Deng, Shiying ; Ryu, Ehri ; Lockhart Burrell, Ginger ; Tein, Jenn-Yun ; Jones, Sarah ; Lopez, Vera ; Crowder, Sakina. / Family and child characteristics linking neighborhood context and child externalizing behavior. In: Journal of Marriage and Family. 2005 ; Vol. 67, No. 2. pp. 515-529.
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