Inner city disadvantage and family functioning

Clark, A. F.; Barrett, L.; Kolvin, I.
April 2000
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p77
Academic Journal
Abstract The co-existence of types of social, environmental and family disadvantage and domains of family dysfunction is explored through individual interviews and use of the Family Assessment Device in a cross-sectional study of 143 inner city families. The dependence upon social welfare by the family and the overall degree of disadvantage experienced both correlate significantly with all forms of family dysfunction. Marital disruption, poor physical care of the home or of the child(ren) and poor quality of mothering correlate significantly with difficulties both in role allocation and in affective involvement. Those families suffering more types of environmental disadvantage are more likely also to be dysfunctional in each domain of family life. Some possible mechanisms for these associations are highlighted and their implications for planning of effective interventions discussed.


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