Exposure to hazardous neighborhood environments in late childhood and anxiety

C. Debra M. Furr-Holden, Adam J. Milam, Kevin C. Young, Laura Macpherson, Carl W. Lejuez

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This investigation examined the relationship between living in disordered neighborhoods during childhood and anxiety 1 year later. Objective measures of neighborhood environment and individual data from a study of mental health in suburban children were utilized. Linear regression models were used to assess relationships between neighborhood hazard and anxiety. Childhood neighborhood disorder was inversely associated with generalized anxiety (β=-0.037, p<0.01) and social phobia (β=-0.33, p=0.03), but not other forms of anxiety including separation anxiety or panic disorder. We suspect that children with early exposure to disordered neighborhoods are either desensitized to toxic environments or that anxiety is not well specified for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)876-883
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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