Perceived Neighborhood Fear and Drug Use Among Young Adults
Authors: Theall, Katherine P.; Sterk, Claire E.; Elifson, Kirk W.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 33, Number 4, July 2009 , pp. 353-365(13)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives : To examine the association between perceptions of neighborhood safety and drug use, as well as mediation by depression and self-esteem.
Methods : The sample included 210 inner-city young adults (18 to 25 years) recruited from the Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Results : Respondents who indicated greater fear of their neighborhood environment also had significantly greater levels of drug use than did those with lower perceived fear. However, this relationship was not a result of lower self-esteem or higher levels of depressive symptoms.
Conclusions : Exploratory results point to the need to consider the broader role of the community environment and its impact on drug use among young adults.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University, School of Public Health, New Orleans, LA.
Publication date: July 1, 2009
- The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.
The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Review Board
- Reprints and Permissions
- ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites