Residents and residence: Factors predicting the health disadvantage of social renters compared to owner-occupiers

Hiscock, R., Macintyre, S., Kearns, A. and Ellaway, A. (2003) Residents and residence: Factors predicting the health disadvantage of social renters compared to owner-occupiers. Journal of Social Issues, 59(3), pp. 527-546. (doi: 10.1111/1540-4560.00076)

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Numerous studies have found that owner-occupiers live longer and stay healthier than renters. Epidemiologists often view housing tenure as a proxy for economic circumstances rather than as having directly health-promoting or damaging effects. Housing researchers, on the other hand, have tended to study physical and psychosocial aspects of housing that might directly impact upon health. Linking these two literatures, we analyzed nearly 3,000 postal questionnaires from a stratified random sample of Scottish adults. In particular, we examined differences between owners and social renters that might explain observed tenure differences in health. Personal characteristics explained much of the difference between owners and social renters, but some dwelling and neighborhood characteristics also played a role.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Macintyre, Professor Sally and Ellaway, Dr Anne
Authors: Hiscock, R., Macintyre, S., Kearns, A., and Ellaway, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Social Issues
ISSN (Online):1540-4560
Published Online:11 July 2003

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