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Neighbourhood and own social housing and early problem behaviour trajectories

Flouri, E; Midouhas, E; Tzatzaki, K; (2015) Neighbourhood and own social housing and early problem behaviour trajectories. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology , 50 (2) pp. 203-213. 10.1007/s00127-014-0958-1. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To explore the roles of proportion of social rented housing in the neighbourhood ('neighbourhood social housing'), own housing being socially rented, and their interaction in early trajectories of emotional, conduct and hyperactivity symptoms. We tested three pathways of effects: family stress and maternal psychological distress, low quality parenting practices, and peer problems. METHODS: We used data from 9,850 Millennium Cohort Study families who lived in England when the cohort children were aged 3. Children's emotional, conduct and hyperactivity problems were measured at ages 3, 5 and 7. RESULTS: Even after accounting for own social housing, neighbourhood social housing was related to all problems and their trajectories. Its association with conduct problems and hyperactivity was explained by selection. Selection also explained the effect of the interaction between neighbourhood and own social housing on hyperactivity, but not why children of social renter families living in neighbourhoods with lower concentrations of social housing followed a rising trajectory of emotional problems. The effects of own social housing, neighbourhood social housing and their interaction on emotional problems were robust. Peer problems explained the association of own social housing with hyperactivity. CONCLUSIONS: Neither selection nor the pathways we tested explained the association of own social housing with conduct problems, the association of neighbourhood social housing with their growth, or the association of neighbourhood social housing, own social housing and their interaction with emotional problems. Children of social renter families in neighbourhoods with a low concentration of social renters are particularly vulnerable to emotional problems.

Type: Article
Title: Neighbourhood and own social housing and early problem behaviour trajectories
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00127-014-0958-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-014-0958-1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Emotional and behavioural problems, Housing tenure, Neighbourhood social housing, Social housing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141567
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