Neighborhood Resources and Adolescent Health and Risk Behaviors

  • Karen A. Snedker
  • Jerald R. Herting
  • Emily Walton
Part of the Applied Demography Series book series (ADS, volume 3)


Neighborhood conditions – risks and resources – influence a range of individual behaviors for both adults and adolescents. While a growing literature explores the effects of neighborhood resources on individual behaviors, few studies focus on adolescents. Moreover, limited research explores both neighborhood risks and neighborhood resources. Data for this paper are from adolescents (aged 13–18) in the Seattle metropolitan area surveyed from 1998 to 2003. We explore the impact of neighborhood resources on three behavioral and health outcomes (alcohol use, depressed affect, and risky conduct behavior), while controlling for neighborhood disadvantage. By exploring multiple outcomes among adolescents and different features of the neighborhood environment, this paper provides insight into the ways in which positive aspects of neighborhood context matter for youth.


Social Capital Census Tract Personal Control Neighborhood Effect Neighborhood Environment 
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This research was partially funded by CDC (CCR015606), NIDA (DA10317; 5 T32 DAO7257-13; 1 R03 DA019622-01A2) and University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. The authors would like to thank the University of Washington Reconnecting Youth project team for their comments and assistance with this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen A. Snedker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jerald R. Herting
    • 3
  • Emily Walton
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SociologySeattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of NursingUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Sociology, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of NursingUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Sociology Dartmouth CollegeUniversity of Wisconsin – MadisonMadisonUSA

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