Neighborhood quality, environmental hazards, personality traits, and resident actions

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A survey of 798 New Jersey residents examined relationships among residents' neighborhood activities, perceptions of neighborhood quality, trust of experts, support for rebuilding cities and equal rights, and degree of optimism. Neighborhood activities increased with lack of trust and optimism. These personality characteristic measures were folded into multidimensional constructs that included local environmental hazards, respondents' ratings of their previous neighborhoods, and some demographic variables. Pessimism and values that support equal fights and rebuilding cities were weakly associated with poor quality neighborhood ratings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalRisk Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Physiology (medical)


  • Hazards
  • Neighborhood activism
  • Neighborhood quality
  • Optimism
  • Trust
  • Values


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