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Title: Home-made blues: Residential crowding and mental health in Beijing, China
Authors: Wang, Xize 
Liu, Tao
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Wang, Xize, Liu, Tao (2022). Home-made blues: Residential crowding and mental health in Beijing, China. Urban Studies : 004209802211017-004209802211017. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract:  Although residential crowding has many well-being implications, its connection to mental health is yet to be widely examined. Using survey data from 1613 residents in Beijing, China, we find that living in a crowded place – measured by both square metres per person and persons per bedroom – is significantly associated with a higher risk of depression. We test for the mechanisms of such associations and find that the residential crowding–depression link arises through increased living space-specific stress rather than increased life stress. We also identify the following subgroups that have relatively stronger residential crowding–depression associations: females, those living with children, those not living with parents, and those living in non-market housing units. Our findings show that inequality in living space among urban residents not only is an important social justice issue but also has health implications.
Source Title: Urban Studies
ISSN: 00420980
DOI: 10.1177/00420980221101707
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