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Adolescents in Public HousingAddressing Psychological and Behavioral Health$
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Von Nebbitt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231148580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231148580.001.0001

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A New Direction for Public Housing

A New Direction for Public Housing

The Implications for Adolescent Well-Being

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(p.152) 10 A New Direction for Public Housing
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Adolescents in Public Housing
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Carol S. Collard

Von E. Nebbitt

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231148580.003.0010

African American adolescents living in urban public housing are exposed to positive and negative influences from their immediate community. Community cohesion plays an important role in influencing a youth's positive adaptation. However, the current conditions of many public housing developments and the surrounding environs often do not foster strong community cohesion. This chapter examines the national decline of public housing and current policies and programs designed to revitalize it. It concludes that despite their flaws, the current trends in public housing policy point to improved housing and community conditions for families, which in turn suggest a direct and favorable effect on the level of community cohesion.

Keywords:   public housing, housing policy, community cohesion, adolescents, well-being

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