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Housing conditions and mental health in a disadvantaged area in Scotland.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Author: Hopton, J. L., Hunt, S. M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1996

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: To examine the mental health impact of different aspects of poor housing. DESIGN: This was a post hoc analysis of data from a household interview survey. SETTING: A public sector housing estate on the outskirts of Glasgow. SUBJECTS: These comprised 114 men and 333 women aged between 17 and 65 from 451 households. MEASURES: Dependent variable: scoring > or = 5 on the 30 item general health questionnaire (GHQ30). Independent variables: self reported data on household composition, whether ill health was a factor in the move to the current dwelling, length of time at address, household income, whether the respondent was employed, chronic illness, and 6 problems with the dwelling. RESULTS: Reporting a problem with dampness was significantly and independently associated with scores of > or = 5 on the GHQ30 after controlling for possible confounding variables. CONCLUSION: Initiatives to tackle housing dampness may be important in developing a strategy to improve mental health for the study area. More research on the mental health impact of different aspects of poor housing is required.


Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Pages: 56-61
Volume: 50
Issue: 1
Accession Number: November, 2010
Keywords: United Kingdom, mental, Housing
Reads: 159
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