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Housing renewal and mental health : a case study.

Blackman, T. and Harvey, J. (2001) 'Housing renewal and mental health : a case study.', Journal of mental health., 10 (5). pp. 571-583.


This article presents findings from a study of the mental health of residents before and after a neighbourhood renewal programme. A total of 415 household interviews were completed prior to the renewal work and 234 after completion of the work. Self-report data were collected about housing defects; perceptions of the neighbourhood; symptomatic health including symptoms of psychological distress; use of general practitioner services, hospitals and medication; and demographic, economic and lifestyle factors. Following the renewal work, improvements occurred in both adults' and children's levels of psychological distress. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed these effects to be associated with improved community safety and a reduction in serious draughts within dwellings. Smoking also declined sharply. There was no significant reduction in use of general practitioner or hospital services. Neighbourhood renewal in deprived areas is likely to have a role in improving mental health among local populations. More evidence about this relationship would help to inform how to approach neighbourhood renewal, including decisions about renewal priorities and whether to demolish or refurbish substandard housing.

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