Perceived Neighborhood Fear and Drug Use Among Young Adults
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
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