The protective effects of neighborhood collective efficacy on British children growing up in deprivation: a developmental analysis.

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Journal Article

This article reports on the influence of neighborhood-level deprivation and collective efficacy on children's antisocial behavior between the ages of 5 and 10 years. Latent growth curve modeling was applied to characterize the developmental course of antisocial behavior among children in the E-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, an epidemiological cohort of 2,232 children. Children in deprived versus affluent neighborhoods had higher levels of antisocial behavior at school entry (24.1 vs. 20.5, p < .001) and a slower rate of decline from involvement in antisocial behavior between the ages of 5 and 10 (-0.54 vs. -0.78, p < .01). Neighborhood collective efficacy was negatively associated with levels of antisocial behavior at school entry (r = -.10, p < .01) but only in deprived neighborhoods; this relationship held after controlling for neighborhood problems and family-level factors. Collective efficacy did not predict the rate of change in antisocial behavior between the ages of 5 and 10. Findings suggest that neighborhood collective efficacy may have a protective effect on children living in deprived contexts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Odgers, CL; Moffitt, TE; Tach, LM; Sampson, A; Taylor, RJ; Matthews, CL; Caspi, A

Published Date

  • July 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 942 - 957

PubMed ID

  • 19586172

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19586172

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-0599

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1649

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/a0016162

Language

  • eng