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Type: Journal article
Title: The mental health effects of housing tenure: causal or compositional?
Author: Baker, E.
Bentley, R.
Mason, K.
Citation: Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, 2013; 50(2):426-442
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0042-0980
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Emma Baker, Rebecca Bentley and Kate Mason
Abstract: Housing tenure sits at the heart of much academic and policy literature across many post-industrial countries, and, while debate is often centred on promoting tenure choice, surprisingly little is known of the underlying ways that the tenure chosen can affect health. While population characteristics tend to vary between tenure types, this largely reflects the forces of broader social and economic selection into those tenures. This paper examines what identifiable effect tenure has upon the mental health of individuals, over and above the characteristics of selection. The analysis is based upon 40 828 responses of 10 245 individuals in the Australian working-age population who participated in the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia study between 2001 and 2007. It is found that, while mental health varies significantly between tenure types, once tenure population differences are accounted for there is little evidence of an intrinsic relationship between tenure and mental health.
Rights: © 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited
DOI: 10.1177/0042098012446992
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