Cover: Neighborhood and Family Effects on Children’s Health in Los Angeles

Neighborhood and Family Effects on Children’s Health in Los Angeles

Published 2003

by Narayan Sastry, Anne R. Pebley

Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

This paper examines the effects of family and neighborhood factors on child health in one of the largest urban areas in the United States, Los Angeles County. We use data from a new representative survey of neighborhoods and households in L.A. — the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey, or L.A.FANS — to examine the effects of family and neighborhood characteristics on child health status. A particular focus is on differences between Latinos and other race/ethnic groups as well as differences by duration of family residence in the U.S. and other key factors. We seek to answer two questions. First, how are family background factors such immigrant status, ethnicity, and social class related to child health outcomes? Second, are there differences in health outcomes by neighborhood-level socioeconomic status, once individual and family differences are held constant? Among the child health outcomes we examine are the mother’s report of the child’s overall health status, reports of physician diagnoses of key chronic diseases (such as anemia and asthma), and, among children aged 12-17 years, body mass index adjusted for age as well as indicators of being overweight or at risk of overweight.

This report is part of the RAND draft series. The unrestricted draft was a product of RAND from 1993 to 2003 that represented preliminary or prepublication versions of other more formal RAND products for distribution to appropriate external audiences. The draft could be considered similar to an academic discussion paper. Although unrestricted drafts had been approved for circulation, they were not usually formally edited or peer reviewed.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.