“I want to rise above it all”: Perceptions of the neighborhood among young adults living in public housing

Andrea Cole, Luis Alfredo Ramirez, Melissa R. Villodas, Shelly Ben-David, Michelle L. Munson

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore how young adults living in public housing perceive their neighborhood. Qualitative data were collected from 70 young adults living in public housing in a city in the eastern United States. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. Participants reported a mix of perceptions including observations that the buildings are dirty, the neighborhood is unsafe, as well as the idea that living in the neighborhood had increased their resilience and motivation. Results imply a framework of neighborhood influencing and mitigating factors as well as effects on young adult development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume103
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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