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Neighbourhood perceptions and sense of coherence in adolescence

Aged 13 - 18
Mean age 15.41
Cross-sectional, Questionnaire

Multiple regression analysis
-Explore the associations between adolescents’ SOC, neighbourhood risks and neighbourhood assets. -Assess the extent to which the risks and assets of the neighbourhood explain SOC levels.
SOC Scale
SOC-29, 7-point Likert scale
Statistical data
(n, mean total SOC, mean the three dimensions, SOC division, correlates to other standardized measures, response rate)
N= 7580, mean total SOC = 4.59 (from 1 to 7)
Correlates to other measures: neighbourhood risks (r = -.20), neighbourhood assets associated with people (r = .26), recreational facilities in the neighbourhood (r =.20), neighbourhood safety (r = .24).
Main result
Main results
Neighbourhood risks were negatively associated with the adolescents’ SOC. In contrast, neighbourhood assets, especially relationships with significant adults, were positively associated with the adolescents’ SOC. Assets explained 6.5 % of the variability in SOC scores after controlling for risks, suggesting that assets may play a significant role, even in neighbourhoods where risks are present.

Limitations of the study: Cross-sectional design does not allow drawing definitive conclusions about the direction of the relationships between neighbourhood characteristics and SOC 






García-Moya, I., Moreno, C. & Braun-Lewensohn, O. (in press).Neighbourhood perceptions and sense of coherence in adolescence. The Journal of Primary Prevention. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10935-013-0320-5

Inserted: 03.09.2013 15:22:44
Updated: 04.09.2013 16:11:39