Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

March 2007


The present study sought to define neighborhood context by examining relationships among data from city-level administrative databases at the level of the census block group. The present neighborhood investigation included 1,801 block groups comprising a large, northeastern metropolitan area. Common factor analyses and multistage, hierarchical cluster analyses yielded two dimensions (i.e., Social Stress, Structural Danger) and two typologies (i.e., Racial Composition, Property Structure Composition) of neighborhood context. Simultaneous multiple regression analyses revealed small but statistically significant associations between neighborhood variables and academic outcomes for public school kindergarten children.


Pre-print version. Published in American Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 39, Issues 1-2, March 2007, pages 47-60. The original publication is available at
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neighborhood context, administrative data, block group



Date Posted: 24 May 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.