CitationDawson, C. T.; Wu, W.; Fennie, K. P.; Ibañez, G.; Cano, M. Á; Pettit, J. W.; & Trepka, M. J. (2019). Parental-perceived neighborhood characteristics and adolescent depressive symptoms: A multilevel moderation analysis. Journal of Community Psychology. vol. 47 (7) pp. 1568-1590
AbstractAims: This study examines the moderating role of parental neighborhood perceptions on the relationship between neighborhood structural disadvantage and adolescent depressive symptoms. Methods: Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) consisting of 12,105 adolescents and their parents were used. Results: Mixed effects multilevel modeling revealed that parental-perceived neighborhood disorder was associated with higher levels of adolescent depressive symptoms (β =.27, p ≤.001). The interaction between neighborhood concentrated poverty and parental-perceived neighborhood disorder was also significant (β = −.14, p ≤.01). Low and high levels of parental-perceived neighborhood disorder were associated with lower (β = −.41, p <.05) and higher (β =.46, p ≤.01) levels of adolescent depressive symptoms, respectively, with increasing concentrated poverty. Parental-perceived collective efficacy was not associated with adolescent depressive symptoms nor was it a moderator. Conclusion: Findings suggest that the neighborhood's social environment may mitigate adolescent depressive symptoms. Implications for structural interventions are discussed.
NotesExport Date: 29 August 2019
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Community Psychology
Author(s)Dawson, C. T.
Fennie, K. P.
Cano, M. Á
Pettit, J. W.
Trepka, M. J.