By Von Nebbitt Ph.D.
Von E. Nebbitt is an affiliate professor on the Jane Addams collage of Social paintings on the college of Illinois at Chicago.
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They are politically, socioeconomically, architecturally, and, in many cities, demographically distinct from their surrounding neighborhoods. Politically, local housing authorities are invested with the authority to enact legislation specifically within the context of public housing. For example, public housing is public space; therefore, public housing neighborhoods are drug-free zones, similar to drug-free zones in public schools. Consequently, if an adolescent public housing resident is arrested for smoking or possessing marijuana within public housing, his or her family may be evicted from the housing development.
Neighborhood variations may contribute to pronounced differences in the quality of life of public housing communities, and by extension to disparities in the developmental outcomes of children. Interest in neighborhood effects has produced a healthy body of research that focuses on the developmental outcomes of children (Leventhal & Brooks-Gunn 2000) and adolescents (Duncan 1994; Halpern-Felsher et al. 1997) and relates neighborhood disadvantage to their academic performance (Sampson, Sharkey, & Raudenbush 2008).
Their mental health symptoms, health-risk behaviors). To better understand these proximal processes and how they influence the trajectories of adolescents living in public housing, it is useful to examine the concept of multifinality. Rogosch and Cicchetti (2004) argued that multifinality is a condition in which similar initial conditions lead to different end effects. Building on the concept of multifinality, this book assesses how the perceived social ecology of public housing influences health behavior and psychological functioning among adolescents living under similar SES and environmental conditions.