|Title:||Home-made blues: Residential crowding and mental health in Beijing, China||Authors:||Wang, Xize
|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. https://doi.org/10.1177/00420980221101707||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||URI:||https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/228948||ISSN:||00420980
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