The protective effect of neighbourhood collective efficacy on family violence and youth antisocial behaviour in two South Korean prospective longitudinal cohorts

Andreas Bauer, Gemma Hammerton, Jisu Park, Joseph Murray, Yoonsun Han, Alicia Matijasevich, Sarah Halligan, Graeme Fairchild

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Neighbourhood collective efficacy has been proposed as a protective factor against family violence and youth antisocial behaviour. However, little is known about its impact on parent and child behaviour in non-Western countries. Using data from two population-based prospective cohorts from South Korea, including primary school students aged 10-12 years (N=2844) and secondary school students aged 15-17 years (N=3449), we examined the interplay between collective efficacy, family violence, and youth antisocial behaviour, and whether effects vary by SES. In a first series of models, in both samples, higher levels of collective efficacy were associated with lower levels of family violence, whereas higher levels of family violence were associated with higher levels of youth antisocial behaviour. There was no direct effect of collective efficacy on youth antisocial behaviour; however, there was an indirect effect via family violence. Although these effects were more pronounced in low SES children, there was no evidence of moderation by SES. In a second series of models, in primary school students, collective efficacy was not associated with youth antisocial behaviour. However, there was a direct effect of collective efficacy on family violence, even after adjusting for youth antisocial behaviour. Again, there was no evidence of moderation by SES. In secondary school students, the pattern of results was less consistent, however, again, suggesting more pronounced effects of collective efficacy in low SES children. The findings suggest that collective efficacy may influence family violence more directly, whereas youth antisocial behaviour may be affected more indirectly through the family environment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Early online date22 Sep 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sep 2021


  • neighbourhood collective efficacy
  • family violence
  • child abuse
  • domestic violence
  • antisocial behaviour
  • mediation

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