Community Lost? Changes and Stratification in Perceived Neighborhood Social Cohesion among Families with Children

Colin Campbell, Jessica Pearlman, Ashton M. Verdery, Kira England

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Abstract

Neighborhood social cohesion is strongly associated with health and well-being, especially among families with children. However, there is a widespread perception in the media, policy circles, and prominent research traditions that neighborhood social cohesion has decreased in recent decades for the United States as a whole and among certain subpopulations. Unfortunately, the empirical evidence for such trends is thin. In this study, we use data on families with children from two studies, the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, to explore trends in neighborhood social cohesion and how individual- and neighborhood-level characteristics pattern disparities in the experience of neighborhood social cohesion. Counter to popular perceptions, our results show increases in neighborhood social cohesion over recent decades, at least for families with children. However, our results reveal persistent disparities in the experience of neighborhood social cohesion by individual and neighborhood characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocius
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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