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Watch out for the neighborhood trap! A case study on parental perceptions of and strategies to counter risks for children in a disadvantaged neighborhood

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Neighborhood is seen as one of the many social contexts that shape children's cognitive, emotional and social development. However, the neighborhood context does not simply 'imprint' itself on children, but can be mediated or moderated by other social contexts, in particular the family context through parenting practices. Based on a case study in a low income neighborhood in The Hague, The Netherlands, this paper addresses the question of how living in a disadvantaged neighborhood context constitutes a risk for children and which strategies parents develop in response to the perceived negative neighborhood influences.
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Keywords: children in poor neighborhoods; neighborhood effects; parenting strategies

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universiteit van Amsterdam, AMIDSt - Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies, Amsterdam, VZ, The Netherlands

Publication date: 2009-08-01

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