Neighborhoods and Health

ISBN-10: 0195138384

ISBN-13: 9780195138382

Edition: 2003

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Description: Do places make a difference to people's health and well-being? The authors of this groundbreaking textbook demonstrate convincingly how the physical and social characteristics of a neighbourhood can shape the health of its residents. Drawing on the expertise of a renowned cast of researchers, this book presents a state-of-the art account of the theories, methods, and empirical evidence linking neighbourhood conditions to population health. Represented in the volume arecontributions from the world's leading investigators in the field, including social epidemiologists, demographers, medical geographers, sociologists, and medical practitioners.This comprehensive textbook lays out for the first time the methodological approaches to conducting neighbourhood research, including multi-level and contextual analysis, geocoding and the use of small area-based measures of deprivation, as well as the evolving science of "ecometrics". Substantive chapters present the case for the relevance of neighbourhood effects on health outcomes throughout the life cycle, from infant mortality and low birthweight, to childhood asthma, adult infectiousdiseases, and disability in old age. The approaches covered in the book range from testing the linkages between community-level variables, such as social capital and residential segregation, and population health to designing and implementing community interventions and policies to improve the healthof the public.The book is a timely companion volume to Social Epidemiology (Oxford University Press, 2000), edited by the same authors, and an indispensable manual on neighbourhood research for students, researchers, and practitioners.

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List price: $73.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/20/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Ichiro Kawachi is a Professor of Social Epidemiology in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health. He has authored several books with Oxford University Press and New Press on society and health.S.V. Subramanian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has a PhD in geography with specialization in multilevel statistical methods, and he also has a master's degree in the field of development studies.Daniel Kim is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kim completed his medical degree, master's degree in epidemiology, and medical residency training in community medicine, all at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also currently completing his Doctor of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Contributors
Introduction
Neighborhoods and Health: An Overview
Methodological and Conceptual Approaches to Studying Neighborhood Effects on Health
The Examination of Neighborhood Effects on Health: Conceptual and Methodological Issues Related to the Presence of Multiple Levels of Prganization
Multilevel Methods for Public Health Research
The Quantitative Assessment of Neighborhood Social Environments
Neighborhood-Level Context and Health: Lessons from Sociology
Geocoding and Measurement of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Position: A U.S. Perspective
Area-Based Deprivation Measures: A U.K. Perspective
Neighborhoods and Health Outcomes
Neighborhoods and Infectious Diseases
Infant Health: Race, Risk, and Residence
Putting Asthma into Context: Community Influences on Risk, Behavior, and Intervention
The Contours of Neighborhood Effects on Health
Residential Segregation and Health
Neighborhoods and Networks: The Construction of Safe Places and Bridges
Neighborhoods, Aging, and Functional Limitations
Neighborhoods, Health Research, and Its Relevance to Public Policy
Index
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