Regeneration, relocation and health behaviours in deprived communities

Kearns, A. and Mason, P. (2015) Regeneration, relocation and health behaviours in deprived communities. Health and Place, 32, pp. 43-58. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.12.012)

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Abstract

In the UK, recent regeneration programmes have aimed to improve the health of those who remain in their neighbourhood (Remainers) and those who are relocated (Outmovers); thus, as part of the 10-year GoWell study (2006–2015) of the effects of demolition, rebuilding and housing improvements on residents and communities, we examined associations of health behaviours with residential conditions and location status in deprived neighbourhoods of Glasgow. Better internal dwelling conditions were associated with several better health behaviours; in relation to neighbourhood conditions, the results were more mixed. Outmovers often exhibited worse health behaviours than Remainers, perhaps because environmental and social conditions were little altered by relocation, and because personal support mechanisms were missing. Health behaviours were relatively good among Remainers, indicating that in situ changes might stimulate life-changing improvements, but relocation less so.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Dr Philip and Kearns, Professor Ade
Authors: Kearns, A., and Mason, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Health and Place
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN:1353-8292
ISSN (Online):1873-2054

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