Health implications of social networks for children living in public housing

Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Heather L. Schwartz, Beth Ann Griffin, Susan Burkhauser, Harold D. Green, David P. Kennedy, Craig Evan Pollack

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Abstract

This study sought to examine whether: (1) the health composition of the social networks of children living in subsidized housing within market rate developments (among higher-income neighbors) differs from the social network composition of children living in public housing developments (among lower-income neighbors); and (2) children's social network composition is associated with children's own health. We found no significant differences in the health characteristics of the social networks of children living in these different types of public housing. However, social network composition was significantly associated with several aspects of children's own health, suggesting the potential importance of social networks for the health of vulnerable populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Volume36
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

Keywords

  • Children's health
  • Health behaviors
  • Housing
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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