Child Indicators Research

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 469–482 | Cite as

“Subjective” and “Objective” Views of Neighborhood Danger & Well-Being: The Importance of Multiple Perspectives and Mixed Methods

  • James C. Spilsbury
  • Jill E. Korbin
  • Claudia J. Coulton


Well-being can be conceptualized and measured in a number of ways and at multiple ecological and ecocultural levels. At the neighborhood or community level, indices of well-being can be constructed using administrative data such as census measures as well as by considering the views of neighborhood residents, both children and adults. In this paper we investigate the congruence, or lack thereof, across aggregated administrative data, children’s views, and parents’ views of neighborhood well-being specifically related to violence and disorder. We argue for obtaining multiple viewpoints to best discern the processes and pathways that link neighborhood conditions with measures of well-being.


Neighborhood Danger Children Parents Perceptions Mixed methods 



This study was funded by a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation (blinded). We are grateful to the families who agreed to participate in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Spilsbury
    • 1
    • 4
  • Jill E. Korbin
    • 2
  • Claudia J. Coulton
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Clinical InvestigationCase School of MedicineClevelandUSA
  2. 2.College of Arts and Sciences, Schubert Center for Child StudiesCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Center on Urban Poverty and Community DevelopmentMandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Center for Clinical InvestigationClevelandUSA

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