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Poverty and InequalitySexual and Reproductive HealthFamily, Maternal & Child HealthMethodology

Health implications of social networks for children living in public housing

TitleHealth implications of social networks for children living in public housing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKennedy-Hendricks, A, Schwartz, HL, Griffin, BA, Burkhauser, S, Green, HD, Kennedy, DP, Pollack, CE
JournalHealth Place
Volume36
Pagination145-51
Date PublishedNov
ISBN Number1353-8292
Accession Number26598958
KeywordsChildren's health, Health behaviors, HOUSING, SOCIAL networks
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.

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Pmc4679593