Neighborhood Youth Centers and Families as Supportive Environments for Youth in High Risk Urban Settings

Ronald M. Sabatelli, Stephen A. Anderson, Preston A. Britner, Julie A. Liefeld


Highlights of a study which examined the relationship between contextual assets within the lives of urban, poor, minority youth, and youth adjustment are discussed in this article. The assets studied were family support and supportive involvement in neighborhood youth centers. The results indicated that higher levels of family support and youth center involvement were associated with better youth outcomes. An absence of significant interaction effects indicated that strong involvement and support in one setting did not compensate for a low level of support or involvement in the other setting. Family support was found to be the most significant predictor of youth adjustment.

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