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ERIC Number: EJ786997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Person, Perception, and Place: What Matters to Health and Quality of Life
Muhajarine, Nazeem; Labonte, Ronald; Williams, Allison; Randall, James
Social Indicators Research, v85 n1 p53-80 Jan 2008
Interest in understanding how characteristics associated with where people live, in addition to the characteristics of the people themselves, affect health outcomes has risen sharply in recent years. While much of the research examining this question focus on teasing apart effects of place and individual on outcomes, less attention has been paid to examining how individuals' perceptions of where they live may provide some clues to better understanding the influence of place on outcomes. We present findings from analysis undertaken that incorporate the subjective responses of individuals, residing in three socially contrasting neighbourhoods, to their local environment. Our first question addressed whether perceptions related to neighbourhood and city of residence matter to self rated health and quality of life independent of individual characteristics, while the second question examined whether the perceptions and individual characteristics are modified by the neighbourhood socio-economic context. Our results show that perceived neighbourhood characteristics, in addition to individual sociodemographic factors, are significant correlates of self rated health and quality of life. Moreover, we show that the type of perceived neighbourhood characteristics and the magnitude of their influence on self rated health and quality of life vary depending on whether they live in high- versus low-socioeconomic status neighbourhoods.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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