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The Challenge of Parenting Girls in Neighborhoods of Different Perceived Quality.

Ahonen, Lia and Loeber, Rolf and Hipwell, Alison and Stepp, Stephanie (2014) The Challenge of Parenting Girls in Neighborhoods of Different Perceived Quality. Societies (Basel), 4 (3). 414 - 427. ISSN 2075-4698

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It is well-known that disadvantaged neighborhoods, as officially identified through census data, harbor higher numbers of delinquent individuals than advantaged neighborhoods. What is much less known is whether parents' perception of the neighborhood problems predicts low parental engagement with their girls and, ultimately, how this is related to girls' delinquency, including violence. This paper elucidates these issues by examining data from the Pittsburgh Girls Study, including parent-report of neighborhood problems and level of parental engagement and official records and girl-reported delinquency at ages 15, 16, and 17. Results showed higher stability over time for neighborhood problems and parental engagement than girls' delinquency. Parents' perception of their neighborhood affected the extent to which parents engaged in their girls' lives, but low parental engagement did not predict girls being charged for offending at age 15, 16 or 17. These results were largely replicated for girls' self-reported delinquency with the exception that low parental engagement at age 16 was predictive of the frequency of girls' self-reported delinquency at age 17 as well. The results, because of their implications for screening and early interventions, are relevant to policy makers as well as practitioners.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ahonen, Lia
Loeber, Rolfrloe@pitt.eduRLOE
Hipwell, Alisonaeh5@pitt.eduAEH5
Stepp, Stephaniestephanie_stepp@pitt.eduSDS36
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Societies (Basel)
Volume: 4
Number: 3
Page Range: 414 - 427
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/soc4030414
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Psychiatry
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: delinquency, girls, neighborhoods, parental engagement
ISSN: 2075-4698
Funders: NIDA NIH HHS (R01 DA012237), NIMH NIH HHS (R01 MH056630)
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 21:10
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 14:04


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