Neighborhood Risk and Interpersonal Support as Predictors of Parents’ Sense of Community

Sarah A. Burcher, Lindsey M. Weiler, Angela Keyzers, Timothy A. Cavell

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Parents’ sense of community (SOC) may ease the impact of neighborhood risk on children’s outcomes, but not all parents feel part of a trusted community. In this study, we examined whether parents’ ratings of neighborhood risk and interpersonal support were related to their SOC, and whether interpersonal support moderated the relationship between neighborhood risk and parents’ SOC. Participants included 161 parents (M = 40.25 years; 92.3% female) of minor children who were enrolled in youth mentoring programs. Results indicated that greater interpersonal support and less neighborhood risk was associated with parents’ SOC. Post-hoc analyses showed that living in a neighborhood with gangs and illegal drugs, but not residential instability or living in public housing, was a salient risk factor for lower SOC. Contrary to our prediction, interpersonal support did not moderate the link between neighborhood risk and parents’ SOC. These findings may inform interventions designed to bolster parents’ connectedness to community and ability to promote children’s positive development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1476-1486
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 20 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was supported by a Grant-in-Aid Artistry and Scholarship program award (PI: Weiler, #89169) from the University of Minnesota.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Interpersonal Support
  • Neighborhood Risk
  • Parents
  • Sense of Community


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