Parental perceptions of neighborhood effects in Latino comunas: the script of "the delinquent" in understanding drug use, violence, and social disorganization
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Citation (published version)Pilar Horner, Ninive Sanchez, Marcela Castillo, Jorge Delva. 2012. "Parental Perceptions of Neighborhood Effects in Latino Comunas: The Script of "the Delinquent" in Understanding Drug Use, Violence, and Social Disorganization." SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE, v. 47, Issue 7, pp. 809 - 820 (12). https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2012.671647
OBJECTIVES: To obtain rich information about how adult Latinos living in high-poverty/high-drug use neighborhoods perceive and negotiate their environment. METHODS: In 2008, thirteen adult caregivers in Santiago, Chile were interviewed with open-ended questions to ascertain beliefs about neighborhood effects and drug use. ANALYSIS: Inductive analysis was used to develop the codebook/identify trends. DISCUSSION: Residents externalized their understanding of drug use and misuse by invoking the concept of delinquent youth. A typology of their perceptions is offered. Learning more about residents’ circumstances may help focus on needs-based interventions. More research with Latino neighborhoods is needed for culturally-competent models of interventions.