Social Control of Children—Chicago Neighborhood Study

Social Control of Children—Chicago Neighborhood Study
Sampson‚ Morenoff & Earls‚ 19992
How likely is it that your neighbors can be counted on to “do something” if …
1. Children were skipping school and hanging out on a street corner?
2. Children were spray-painting graffiti on a local building?
3. Children were showing disrespect to an adult?

  • social cohesion
This instrument can be found on page 357 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
Very likely = 5
Likely = 4
Neither likely nor unlikely = 3
Unlikely = 2
Very unlikely = 1
Point values are summed and then divided by the total number of items. Higher scores indicate higher levels of child-centered social control.

Sampson RJ‚ Morenoff JD‚ Earls F. Beyond social capital: spatial dynamics of collective efficacy for children. American Sociological Review 1999;64:633-660.