Neighborhood disadvantage, stressful life events, and adjustment among Mexican American early adolescents

Mark W. Roosa, Ginger L. Burrell, Rajni L. Nair, Stefany Coxe, Jenn-Yun Tein, George P. Knight

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Abstract

This study examined a stress process model in which stressful life events and association with delinquent peers mediated the relationship of neighborhood disadvantage to Mexican American early adolescents' mental health. The authors also proposed that child gender, child generation, and neighborhood informal social control would moderate the relationship of neighborhood disadvantage to children's experiences of stressful life events. With data from 738 Mexican American early adolescents, results generally provided support for the theoretical model although the relationships of neighborhood disadvantage to stressful life events and adjustment were weaker than expected. Additional research is needed to corroborate these results and determine why neighborhood disadvantage may have different relationships to adjustment for Mexican American early adolescents than for others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-592
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2010

Keywords

  • Hispanic/latino/latina
  • Mental health
  • Neighborhood
  • Peer relationship
  • Stressors

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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