Neighborhood deterioration and self-rated health in later life

Psychol Aging. 1996 Jun;11(2):342-52. doi: 10.1037//0882-7974.11.2.342.


This study examined the relationship between the physical living environment and self-rated health in later life. It is hypothesized that older adults who reside in deteriorated neighborhoods will report more physical health problems than elderly people who live in better physical environments. However, it is further predicted that these effects will only emerge in the most dilapidated living conditions. Data from a nationwide survey of older adults provide support for this complex nonlinear relationship. Further analyses reveal that part of the effect can be attributed to friendship strains that arise in deteriorated neighborhood environments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Environment*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Random Allocation