'Living the high life'? Residential, social and psychosocial outcomes for high-rise occupants in a deprived context

Kearns, A. , Whitley, E., Mason, P. and Bond, L. (2012) 'Living the high life'? Residential, social and psychosocial outcomes for high-rise occupants in a deprived context. Housing Studies, 27(1), pp. 97-126. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2012.632080)

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The current period is one of ambiguity and contestation over the future of high-rise. A range of analyses is performed on survey data from deprived areas in Glasgow to examine the impacts of living in high-rise in comparison to other dwelling types. The findings show that many residential outcomes are worse for people in high-rise, especially related to noise and security issues in dwellings and buildings. Social and psychosocial outcomes are often worse in high-rise, particularly frequency of contact with neighbours and a number of aspects of control and recuperation at home. Further analysis shows that neighbourhood satisfaction and some social outcomes are better (or ameliorated) for people living higher up in tall buildings. There were different patterns of impacts for different household types. Contrary to much of the literature, the study found that negative impacts of high-rise were most wide ranging among adult-only households rather than families, with older persons least affected by negative social outcomes in high-rise.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Dr Phil and Whitley, Dr Elise and Kearns, Professor Ade and Bond, Professor Lyndal
Authors: Kearns, A., Whitley, E., Mason, P., and Bond, L.
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
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:12 December 2011

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