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Author Courtney McNutt
Title The Effects of Neighborhood Disorder and Moderator Variables on Physical Health and Psychological Well-Being
Department Psychology
Advisors Jeff Brookings, Cliff Brown, and John Marr
Year 2009
Honors University Honors
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Abstract Research suggests that living in a disordered neighborhood can negatively affect physical health and psychological well-being. There is also evidence that social and personal assets can moderate these effects. A sample of 77 participants was given a questionnaire that assessed their perceptions of disorder in their neighborhood, their individual assets, and their physical health and psychological well-being. Neighborhood disorder predicted physical health, fear, and mistrust. Formal social ties and church attendance buffered the effects of neighborhood disorder on health, fear, and mistrust.

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