The moderating effect of neighborhood sense of community on predictors of substance use among Hispanic urban youth

David T. Lardier, Marisa MacDonnell, Veronica R. Barrios, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Robert Reid

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Hispanic adolescents represent a disproportionate number of youth living in urban communities. These youth confront significant social problems that increase their likelihood for substance use. However, youth that have a greater neighborhood sense of community are postulated, through empowerment theory, to be less influenced by negative environmental experiences and less inclined to engage in drug and alcohol use. We examine the moderating effect neighborhood SOC has on predictors of substance use among Hispanic (N = 538) urban youth in low- (n = 246) and high-conflict homes (n = 292). Using logistic regression analysis and a plotting technique to examine interaction effects, we explore these relationships and provide recommendations for practice and prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-459
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018



  • Community disorganization
  • Hispanic urban adolescents
  • empowerment
  • family conflict
  • neighborhood sense of community
  • substance use
  • violent behavior

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