Disentangling the Relative Influence of Schools and Neighborhoods on Adolescents’ Risk for Depressive Symptoms

Citation

Dunn, E. C.; Milliren, C. E.; Evans, C. R.; Subramanian, S. V.; & Richmond, T. K. (2015). Disentangling the Relative Influence of Schools and Neighborhoods on Adolescents' Risk for Depressive Symptoms. American journal of public health. vol. 105 (4) pp. 732-740 , PMCID: PMC4358201

Abstract

Objectives. Although schools and neighborhoods influence health, little is known about their relative importance, or the influence of one context after the influence of the other has been taken into account. We simultaneously examined the influence of each setting on depression among adolescents. Methods. Analyzing data from wave 1 (1994-1995) of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we used cross-classified multilevel modeling to examine between-level variation and individual-, school-, and neighborhood-level predictors of adolescent depressive symptoms. Also, we compared the results of our cross-classified multilevel models (CCMMs) with those of a multilevel model wherein either school or neighborhood was excluded. Results. In CCMMs, the school-level random effect was significant and more than 3 times the neighborhood-level random effect, even after individual-level characteristics had been taken into account. Individual-level indicators (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status) were associated with depressive symptoms, but there was no association with either school- or neighborhood-level fixed effects. The between-level variance in depressive symptoms was driven largely by schools as opposed to neighborhoods. Conclusions. Schools appear to be more salient than neighborhoods in explaining variation in depressive symptoms. Future work incorporating cross-classified multilevel modeling is needed to understand the relative effects of schools and neighborhoods. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print February 25, 2015: e1-e9. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302374).

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2105%2Fajph.2014.302374

Notes

1541-0048

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American journal of public health

Author(s)

Dunn, E. C.
Milliren, C. E.
Evans, C. R.
Subramanian, S. V.
Richmond, T. K.

Year Published

2015

Volume Number

105

Issue Number

4

Pages

732-740

Edition

2015/02/26

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2014.302374

PMCID

PMC4358201

NIHMSID

NIHMS689616

Reference ID

5539