The Society for Social Work and Research

2013 Annual Conference

January 16-20, 2013 I Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina I San Diego, CA

Invited Symposium III: Neighborhood Environments Across the Life Course

Saturday, January 19, 2013: 10:00 AM-11:45 AM
Harbor Island Ballroom 3 (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina)
Amanda Lehning, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michael Woolley, DCSW, PhD, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Trina Shanks, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Tam Perry, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
There is a growing interest among social work researchers to understand the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and individual outcomes, such as child development, health, and aging in place. This invited symposium focuses on neighborhood influences across the life course and how recent scholarship has called attention to the need to examine individuals in their physical and social environments. Panelists will discuss their research, including their methodological and conceptual approach to studying neighborhood effects on vulnerable populations and the challenges of conducting research on neighborhoods. Dr. Shanks will discuss how SES influences child outcomes, including through the stress that comes from living in neighborhoods with few resources and environmental toxins. Dr. Woolley will present on the impact of neighborhoods on academic outcomes. Dr. Perry and Dr. Lehning will discuss how neighborhood environments affect elders’ decisions and ability to relocate or age in place. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which neighborhoods can have both immediate and lifetime effects on individuals’ health and well-being. Implications for policy and practice with individuals at different stages of the life course will be emphasized.
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