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ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR AMONG CHILDREN IN POVERTY: UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS IN DAILY LIFE
Children living in poverty are at increased risk for antisocial behavior, and a large portion of this risk appears to operate through chronic exposure to stressful events in daily life. The difficulty of measuring daily stressors in-the-moment, however, presents a challenge for researchers attempting to characterize low-income children’s daily environments and their effects on antisocial behavior. In this chapter, we review research and theory supporting the idea that everyday environments may play a causal role in low-income children’s antisocial development. Then, we discuss how mobile technologies may help researchers achieve a better understanding of (a) the everyday environments experienced by low-income children, (b) the effects of these environments on their behavior and well-being, and (c) whether some children are more sensitive to their environments than others, as suggested by theories of person-byenvironment interaction. We conclude with a discussion of future directions that emerge from our review.
Keywords: antisocial behavior, environmental effects, mobile technologies, diary methods, daily stressors, differential susceptibility