Neighborhoods and self-control: Toward an expanded view of socialization

Brent Teasdale, Eric Silver

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In this article we develop and test a multi-level theory of the sources of self-control among adolescents. We argue that neighborhoods are an important structural source of self-control. We test this idea using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (n = 9,171). Results from a multilevel structural equation model indicate that neighborhood disadvantage is a significant predictor of adolescent self-control, controlling for demographics, family characteristics, and social integration. Implications for future research on the role of neighborhood context in the development of self-control among youth are discussed. In addition, we discuss the implications for policy of multilevel theorizing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-222
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Problems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 9 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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