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It takes an urban village: Parenting networks of urban families.

Author: Marshall,-Nancy-L; Noonan,-Anne-E; McCartney,-Kathleen; Marx,-Fern; Keefe,-Nancy
Author Background:
Date 3/2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Family-Issues
Volume/Pages Vol 22(2): 163-182
Subject Matter Research, Communities; Psychosocial Development; Racial and Ethnic Differences; Social Networks; Urban Environments, African Americna; Hispanics
Abstract Examined the extent to which an urban village exists, in a sample of 206 African American, European American, and Hispanic American families with an elementary school aged child. The urban village was evident in parental social networks with family, friends, and neighbors, although the nature of these networks varied. Multiple regression analyses indicated that parental social networks have an indirect effect on children's socioemotional development, mediated by parenting. Parents who received more emotional support and had less homogeneous social networks were more warm and responsive, provided a more stimulating home environment, and felt more effective as parents, These parenting characteristics, in turn, were associated with fewer behavior problems and more social competence in the children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)