Life experiences among urban adolescents: examining the role of context.


Journal Article

Interest in the influence of context on the psychosocial development of adolescents led to the examination of neighborhood effects on the experience of adolescent life stress. Because of concerns regarding the population and ecological validity of existing measures of adolescent life events, the research group developed a scale for the measurement of life events among urban adolescents based on data from focus group interviews in the community of interest. Investigators utilized three strategies to examine the impact of neighborhood on adolescents' perceptions of life stress in a sample of 114 adolescents (mean age = 15). Results indicated that life stress in the peer domain varied by the adolescent's neighborhood of residence. In addition, family/community stress was linearly related to neighborhood indices of economic resources.

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Cited Authors

  • Allison, KW; Burton, L; Marshall, S; Perez-Febles, A; Yarrington, J; Kirsh, LB; Merriwether-DeVries, C

Published Date

  • July 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1017 - 1029

PubMed ID

  • 10446733

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10446733

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-8624.00074


  • eng