Housing quality and mental health

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2000 Jun;68(3):526-30. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.68.3.526.


This study examined the potential link between housing quality and mental health. First, the development of a psychometrically sound, observer-based instrument to assess physical housing quality in ways conceptually relevant to psychological health is reported. Then 2 different studies, including a prospective longitudinal design, demonstrate that physical housing quality predicts mental health. Possible underlying psychosocial processes for the housing quality-psychological distress link are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Mental Health*
  • New York
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Sampling Studies
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data