Where you live matters. Neighborhood characteristics such as blight, crime, and social cohesion can influence residents’ behaviors. We have explored the relationships between neighborhoods and substance use, sexual risk behaviors, stress, and coping. Our findings underscore the significant contributions that neighborhood factors have on developmental outcomes and highlight the resiliency of vulnerable communities facing risk.
- Adverse neighborhood conditions can contribute to stress, poor coping, and mental health problems
- Living in disadvantaged neighborhoods increases physical and psychological stress and exerts a physical and psychological toll on youth
- Involvement in positive neighborhood activities protects against neighborhood risk