Neighborhoods, psychological distress, and the quest for causality

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Jokela , M 2020 , ' Neighborhoods, psychological distress, and the quest for causality ' , Current opinion in psychology , vol. 32 , pp. 22-26 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.06.009

Title: Neighborhoods, psychological distress, and the quest for causality
Author: Jokela, Markus
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Date: 2020-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Current opinion in psychology
ISSN: 2352-250X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317012
Abstract: Neighborhood characteristics have been associated with psychological distress, but it is uncertain whether these associations are causal. The current article reviews data from interventions and quasi-experimental studies that have addressed the question of causality of neighborhood associations. Overall, data from neighborhood interventions, longitudinal studies, and twin studies have provided only limited and inconsistent evidence to support causal interpretation of neighborhood associations with psychological distress: very few findings have been replicated across different samples, and many associations have been observed only with some of the multiple measures included the studies. Studies that examine the effects of neighborhood change on people's wellbeing are needed to improve causal inference and policy relevance of neighborhood studies.
Subject: 515 Psychology
MENTAL-HEALTH
LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS
LIFE-COURSE
URBAN
ASSOCIATIONS
DEPRIVATION
GREENER
DEPRESSION
CONTEXT
HAPPIER
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