Neighborhood Research And Its Impact On Children 's Development

1039 WordsNov 10, 20145 Pages
Neighborhoods not only matter, they contribute to shaping people’s lives. Neighborhoods not only house people but they connect people, and those who live in good neighborhoods are provided safety, a sense of community and identity. Neighborhoods arrange for a basic line of support to families and form the most immediate environment for children to socialize outside the family, it is through socialization that builds confidence and develops coping skills. Some spectators question the value of neighborhoods and if neighborhoods make any difference in a child’s development. For individuals to assume that neighborhoods do not matter much to a child’s development would be careless. From history we know that poverty is deep rooted from economic shifts in demographics, family make up, changes in migration, segregation and a drastic decline in our nations industrialization labor force. In a response to understand and address these trends in our society, academic scholars and policy makers developed an interest in the contexts in which children are fostered beyond their families. These scholars denoted a field of study that is known today as neighborhood research (brooks-Gunn, Duncan, & Aber, 1997) as cited in (Leventhal, 2003). But the important questions to identify and answer here are; how do neighbors effect children’s and youths and their well-being? And what can we do to alleviate neighborhood disadvantages and its potentially harmful effects on children’s development? For
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