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Author Notes:

Jackson A. Goodnight, Department of Psychology, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1430. Phone: 937-229-2738. Fax: 937-229-3900. jgoodnight1@notes.udayton.edu.


Research Funding:

This research was supported by grants R01-MH070025 and R01-HD061384 to Benjamin B. Lahey.


  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders
  • Child, Preschool
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment
  • United States

A quasi-experimental analysis of the influence of neighborhood disadvantage on child and adolescent conduct problems.


Journal Title:

Journal of Abnormal Psychology


Volume 121, Number 1


, Pages 95-108

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


A quasi-experimental comparison of cousins differentially exposed to levels of neighborhood disadvantage (ND) was used with extensive measured covariates to test the hypothesis that neighborhood risk has independent effects on youth conduct problems (CPs). Multilevel analyses were based on mother-rated ND and both mother-reported CPs across 4-13 years (n = 7,077) and youth-reported CPs across 10-13 years (n = 4,524) from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. ND was robustly related to CPs reported by both informants when controlling for both measured risk factors that are correlated with ND and unmeasured confounds. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that ND has influence on conduct problems.

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