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Nichole M Schmidt, Quynh C Nguyen, Rebecca Kehm, and Theresa L Osypuk (2020)

Do changes in neighborhood social context mediate the effects of the moving to opportunity experiment on adolescent mental health?

Health & Place, 63.

This study investigated whether changes in neighborhood context induced by neighborhood relocation mediated the impact of the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) housing voucher experiment on adolescent mental health. Mediators included participant-reported neighborhood safety, social control, disorder, and externally-collected neighborhood collective efficacy. For treatment group members, improvement in neighborhood disorder and drug activity partially explained MTO's beneficial effects on girls' distress. Improvement in neighborhood disorder, violent victimization, and informal social control helped counteract MTO's adverse effects on boys' behavioral problems, but not distress. Housing mobility policy targeting neighborhood improvements may improve mental health for adolescent girls, and mitigate harmful effects for boys.

Mental health, Adolescents, Mediation, Housing policy, Health Disparities, Health, Health in Social Context, Nguyen
Mental health, Neighborhood effects, Adolescents, Mediation, Housing policy
First published online: April 13th, 2020

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