Parental perceptions of neighborhood effects in Latino Comunas: the script of "the Delinquent" in understanding drug use, violence, and social disorganization.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES To obtain rich information about how adult Latinos living in high-poverty/high-drug use neighborhoods perceive and negotiate their environment. METHODS In 2008, 13 adult caregivers in Santiago, Chile, were interviewed with open-ended questions to ascertain beliefs about neighborhood effects and drug use. ANALYSIS Inductive analysis was used to develop the codebook/identify trends. DISCUSSION Residents externalized their understanding of drug use and misuse by invoking the concept of delinquent youth. A typology of their perceptions is offered. Learning more about residents' circumstances may help focus on needs-based interventions. More research with Latino neighborhoods is needed for culturally competent models of interventions.

DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2012.671647

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@article{Horner2012ParentalPO, title={Parental perceptions of neighborhood effects in Latino Comunas: the script of "the Delinquent" in understanding drug use, violence, and social disorganization.}, author={Pilar Horner and Ninive Sanchez and Marcela Castillo and Jorge Delva}, journal={Substance use & misuse}, year={2012}, volume={47 7}, pages={809-20} }