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ERIC Number: EJ957817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Urban Adolescents' Perceptions of Their Neighborhoods: An Examination of Spatial Dependence
Bass, Judith K.; Lambert, Sharon F.
Journal of Community Psychology, v32 n3 p277-293 May 2004
Spatial dependence exists when the variation between observations is dependent on spatial location. In the present study, geostatistical methods were used to examine spatial dependence in adolescents' perceptions of their neighborhoods: whether adolescents living in close proximity perceived their neighborhoods more similarly than adolescents living further apart. Participants included 343 adolescents (53% male; 91% African American) enrolled in sixth grade, residing in Baltimore City, with geocoded home addresses. These addresses were used in combination with a measure of perceived neighborhood disorder and disadvantage to compute variogram plots, a geostatistical technique used to evaluate spatial dependence. Results indicated that perceptions of youth residing in close geographic proximity were more similar than perceptions of youth residing further apart. Adjusting for census-level characteristics, but not individual and family characteristics, resulted in decreased variation among participants but did not eliminate the spatial dependence. Findings highlight the utility of geostatistical methods for social science research. (Contains 4 tables, 1 footnote and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland