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Indicators of child well-being through a neighborhood lens

Claudia J. Coulton and Jill E. Korbin
Social Indicators Research
Vol. 84, No. 3 (December 2007), pp. 349-361
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20734525
Page Count: 13
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Indicators of child well-being through a neighborhood lens
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Abstract

Adverse child outcomes tend to be concentrated in neighborhoods with constellations of adverse conditions and risk factors. This paper examines the challenges of developing meaningful and useful indicators of child well-being at the level of the neighborhood. Recent technological advances have made it more feasible for communities to develop neighborhood indicators, but there are a number of practical, conceptual and methodological challenges that are involved in this work. In this article, we discuss the potential usefulness of neighborhood indicators, several of the conceptual and methodological challenges and offer some illustrations of neighborhood indicators that are pertinent to the well-being of children. In addition to administrative data, we discuss indicators of child well-being rooted in both child and adult perceptions of neighborhood.

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