Neighborhood Stress and Life Satisfaction: Is there a Relationship for African American Adolescents?


Aimed at identifying associations between perceived neighborhood stress and adolescents’ perceptions of life satisfaction, this study conducted by a group including PISC Senior Scholar Dan Romer analyzed self-report questionnaires completed by African American adolescents from four mid-sized cities in the northeastern and southeastern USA. The results showed that life satisfaction and neighborhood stress were correlated for both males and females, with variability in neighborhood stress characteristics, and indicated that further research should identify the particular characteristics of life satisfaction associated with neighborhood stress in order to develop community-based solutions to potential problems.

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