ERIC Number: ED474673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
In Our Backyard: How 3 L.A. Neighborhoods Affect Kids' Lives.
Pebley, Anne R.; Vaiana, Mary E.
This study examined the status of children in three Los Angeles, California neighborhoods, taking information from the 1998 Focused Study of Children and Neighborhoods, which involved 91 families. After discussing reasons to care about neighborhoods and suggesting that neighborhoods are the foundation upon which the basic social and economic structure of society is built, the report profiles the three neighborhoods and discusses neighborhood characteristics that researchers and child development specialists consider important for children (age of community residents, resident incomes, and residential turnover in the neighborhood). The three neighborhoods in the study differed substantially on all three dimensions. Overall, residents had very clear ideas about the boundaries of their neighborhoods, but they did not necessarily agree about where those boundaries lay. Residents differed by neighborhood in their views on neighborhood safety and relationships with neighbors. All three neighborhoods were reported to have fairly high levels of social cohesion. There were some important differences in children's wellbeing among the neighborhoods. Family income and characteristics explained some of the differences, but not all of the differences. Results suggest that differences in neighborhood stability, safety, and social relations among neighbors may be part of the explanation. (Contains 8 endnotes and 5 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Community Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Income, Interpersonal Relationship, Neighborhoods, Place of Residence, Urban Areas
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: W. M. Keck Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)