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Why Neighborhoods Matter - Some Characteristics Linked to Child Outcomes

Children's neighborhoods are not benign influences in their lives, researchers say. Certain neighborhood traits place children at risk, while others help them develop a thick-skinned resiliency to circumstances that otherwise might threaten their futures. The study of neighborhoods and the roles they play in shaping the lives of children is drawing considerable interest as the importance of the context of children's early development becomes more clear.


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