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Do you notice any families in the surrounding areas? Can you see their structure or how they work? Who is responsible for the children? What kind of oversight do they have? Is there more than one generation in the room?

Are there any identifiable subgroups that are socially or geographically related to one another?

What evidence do you have of a sense of neighborliness?

What evidence of community cohesion can you find? Is there any organized effort in the neighborhood to improve living conditions or the neighborhood as a whole? Is there a neighborhood watch program? Do community organizations put up signs for neighborhood meetings?

How many churches, synagogues, or other places of worship are there, and what kinds are they?

Is there anything you notice that makes you suspicious of social problems like gang activity, juvenile delinquency, drug or alcohol abuse, or adolescent pregnancy? 6. Attitude toward health and well-being.


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