Understanding the psychosocial impacts of housing type: qualitative evidence from a study of housing relocation

Gibson, M. , Thomson, H., Kearns, A. and Petticrew, M. (2011) Understanding the psychosocial impacts of housing type: qualitative evidence from a study of housing relocation. Housing Studies, 26(4), pp. 555-573. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2011.559724)

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The association between poor housing and poor health is widely accepted, but there is a lack of evidence on the health impact of housing interventions. In particular, evidence on mechanisms linking housing interventions to health is lacking. Scotland’s Housing and Regeneration Project (SHARP) evaluated the health impacts of new-build social housing using a quasi-experimental survey design. Qualitative interviews were also conducted with a sub-sample of survey respondents. The qualitative data indicated that changes in dwelling type influenced key psychosocial processes such as control, with consequent impacts on well-being. This study provided insights into the psychosocial impacts of housing design, whilst also demonstrating the utility of qualitative methods for enhancing understanding of the mechanisms linking housing change with improved well-being.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Marcia and Kearns, Professor Ade and Thomson, Dr Hilary and Petticrew, Dr Mark
Authors: Gibson, M., Thomson, H., Kearns, A., and Petticrew, M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:31 March 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 24(4):555-573
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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