Background Influence

Physical environment

Many aspects of the physical environment can harm young people's development. Physical design of the neighborhood affects social relations, crime, and the amount of physical activity. Decayed and abandoned buildings are associated with more crime. Neighborhoods with access to alcohol have more problem drinking, accidents, and violence. The types of food that are available in the neighborhood affect people's nutrition and health. And neighborhoods may have many physical toxins that directly affect health and behavior.


Related Interventions