Social Cohesion and Informal Social Control as Mediators Between Neighborhood Poverty and Child Maltreatment

Kathryn Maguire-Jack, Susan Yoon, Sunghyun Hong

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Abstract

Neighborhoods have profound impacts on children and families. Using structural equation modeling and data from 4,898 children in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the current study examines the direct and indirect effects of neighborhood poverty on the likelihood of being maltreated at age 5. Two neighborhood social processes, social cohesion and informal social control, were examined as mediators. The study found that neighborhood poverty was indirectly related to physical assault and psychological aggression through its impact on social cohesion, and indirectly related to neglect through its impact on informal social control. The results highlight the need to reduce poverty across communities and increase social cohesion and social control as potential pathways for interrupting the impact of neighborhood poverty on maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-343
Number of pages10
JournalChild Maltreatment
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

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Keywords

  • child maltreatment
  • communities
  • structural equation modeling

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