Objectives: To study the neighborhood context, researchers typically use (objective) archival measures and (subjective) self-reported data of neighborhood conditions. The current study compared these measures and explored whether internalizing symptoms influences how individuals
perceive their neighborhoods. Methods: The sample was 112 African American young adults living in 27 neighborhoods. Objective indicators of neighborhoods were assessed via census data and compared to self-reported data of neighborhood conditions. Results: Findings revealed that
individuals with higher levels of anxiety and depression are more sensitive to objective indicators of neighborhood poverty. Conclusions: Results suggest that there are systematic differences in how people perceive their surroundings. Implications of study findings are discussed in
terms of improving models of adjustment.
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The College of New Jersey, Psychology Department, Ewing, NJ, USA
Publication date: November 1, 2013
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