Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context


William J. Wilson, Delbert S. Elliott, Scott Menard, Bruce Rankin, Amanda Elliott, and David Huizinga. 2006. Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context. New York: Cambridge University Press. Publisher's Version


This is a study of successful youth development in poor, disadvantaged neighborhoods in Denver and Chicago – a study of how children living in the worst neighborhoods develop or fail to develop the values, competencies, and commitments that lead to a productive, healthy, and responsible adult life. While there is a strong focus on neighborhood effects, the study employs a multicontextual model to take into account the effects of other social contexts embedded in the neighborhood that also influence development. The unique and combined influence of the neighborhood, family, school, peer group, and individual attributes on developmental success is estimated. The view that growing up in a poor, disadvantaged neighborhood condemns one to a life of repeated failure and personal pathology is revealed as a myth, as most youth in these neighborhoods are completing the developmental tasks of adolescence successfully.
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