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Neighborhood perceptions and emotional well-being in young adulthood.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23351109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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PROBLEM: While mounting research suggests that neighborhood environment impacts mental health outcomes, for adolescents and adults, there is scant research on how perceived neighborhood context affects young adults. In this article, we explore the role of perceived neighborhood characteristics, specifically indicators of perceived neighborhood stressors, on emotional well-being among young adults.
METHOD: Using a regional sample of young adults, we estimate regression models to examine the relationship of perceived neighborhood stressors on three mental health outcomes (depressed affect, hopelessness, and anger), reflective of a general emotional well-being, while controlling for key individual characteristics related to mental health outcomes.
FINDINGS: Results show perceived neighborhood effects for emotional well-being consistent with a stress process model where the scale of perceived neighborhood stressors is associated with poor emotional well-being for depressed affect and hopelessness. Specific perceived neighborhood measures were significant for each of the mental health outcomes whereby greater perceptions of unsafe conditions and economic hardship are positively associated with poor emotional well-being and greater social intervention and more social attachments are associated with better emotional well-being.
CONCLUSION: For young adults, perceptions of neighborhood stressors are related to indicators of mental health. We discuss the implications of our findings for ongoing research on neighborhood contextual effects and mental health during the transition to adulthood.
Authors:
Karen A Snedker; Carole Hooven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1744-6171     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431738     Medline TA:  J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-73     Citation Subset:  N    
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© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Affiliation:
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, USA; University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
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