Residential transience and depression: Does the relationship exist for men and women?

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Abstract

Residential transience may contribute to adverse mental health. However, to date, this relationship has not been well-investigated among urban, impoverished populations. In a sample of drug users and their social network members (n=1,024), we assessed the relationship between transience (frequently moving in the past 6 months) and depressive symptoms, measured by the CES-D, among men and women. Even after adjusting for homelessness, high levels of depressive symptoms were 2.29 [95%CI= 1.29-4.07] times more likely among transient men compared to nontransient men and 3.30 [95% CI=1.10-9.90] times more common among transient women compared to nontransient women. Stable housing and mental health services need to be available, easily accessible, and designed so that they remain amenable to utilization under transient circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-716
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume85
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Housing instability
  • Mental health
  • Residential mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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