Children growing up in poor versus affluent neighborhoods are more likely to spend time in prison, develop health problems and die at an early age. The question of how neighborhood conditions influence our behavior and health has attracted the attention of public health officials and scholars for generations. Candice Odgers is developing online tools that are providing new opportunities to measure neighborhood features via systematic social observation (SSO). These tools may provide a cost-effective way to advance our understanding of how neighborhood conditions influence health and behavior.


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- Learn more about assessing neighborhoods

- How to code neighborhoods: a link to the Systematic Social Observation Inventory



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- Systematic Social Observation in YouTube




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- A Study of Relative Deprivation