Family processes mediating the relationship of neighborhood disadvantage to early adolescent internalizing problems

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

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Abstract

The objective of the current study was to examine the relationships among neighborhood disadvantage, perceived neighborhood quality, family processes, and child internalizing problems within the framework of social disorganization theory. The sample consisted of 189 low-income, European American and Mexican American children and their mothers. The data analyses partially supported our hypotheses that mothers' perceptions of neighborhoods mediated the relation of neighborhood disadvantage to family processes, which in turn were associated with child internalizing problems. The value of contextual factors and social disorganization theory in studying the development of child adjustment problems was supported by the current study. Research issues and practical implications were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-231
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006

Keywords

  • Family process
  • Internalizing behavior
  • Neighborhood disadvantage
  • Social disorganization theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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