Understanding the Psychosocial Impacts of Housing Type: Qualitative Evidence from a Housing and Regeneration Intervention


Gibson, M; Thomson, H; Kearns, A; Petticrew, M; (2011) Understanding the Psychosocial Impacts of Housing Type: Qualitative Evidence from a Housing and Regeneration Intervention. Housing studies, 26 (4). pp. 555-573. ISSN 0267-3037 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2011.559724

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Abstract

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: Article
Keywords: Social housing, urban regeneration, housing and environment, health, inequalities, mixed methods, psychosocial, MENTAL-HEALTH, BUILT ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC-HEALTH, INEQUALITIES, RESIDENTS, NEIGHBORHOODS, DETERMINANTS, IMPROVEMENT, DIMENSIONS, DISTRESS
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Web of Science ID: 290684600005
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/669

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