Neighborhoods and Health

Hardcover | March 15, 2003

EditorIchiro Kawachi, Lisa F. Berkman

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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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood conditions to population health. Represented in the volume are contributions 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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood effects on health outcomes throughout the life cycle, from infant mortality and low birthweight, to childhood asthma, adult infectious diseases, and disability in old age. Theapproaches 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 health of the public. The book is a timelycompanion volume to Social Epidemiology (Oxford University Press, 2000), edited by the same authors, and an indispensable manual on neighborhood research for students, researchers, and practitioners.

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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 neighborhood 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 accou...

Lisa F. Berkman is at Harvard School of Public Health.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:March 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Ichiro Kawachi and Lisa F. Berkman: Volume Introduction2. Sally Macintyre and Anne Ellaway (University of Glasgow (UK),both): Neighborhoods and Health: OverviewPart I. Methodological and conceptual approaches to studying neighborhood effects on health3. Ana Diez-Roux (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Public Health): The examination of neighborhood effects on health: conceptual and methodological issues related to the presence of multiple levels of organization4. S.V. Subramanian, Kelvyn Jones, and Craig Duncan. (SS: Harvard School of Public Health; KJ, CD: University of Portsmouth (UK)): Multi-level methods in public health research5. Steve Raudenbush (University of Michigan): The quantitative assessment of neighborhood social environments6. Robert J. Sampson (University of Chicago): Neighborhood-level context and health: Lessons from sociology7. ancy Krieger, Sally Zierler, Joseph W. Hogan, Pamela Waterman, Jarvis Chen, Kerry Lemieux, and Annie Gjelsvik. (NK, PW, JC, KL: Harvard School of Public Health; SZ, JH, AG: Brown University): Geocoding and measurement of neighborhood socioeconomic position: A U.S. perspective8. David Gordon (University of Bristol, (UK)): Area-based deprivation measures: A UK perspectivePart II. Neighborhoods and health outcomes9. Mindy Thompson Fulilove (Columbia University): Neighborhoods and infectious diseases10. James W. Collins and Nancy Fisher Schulte (Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, both): Infant health: Race, risk, and residence11. Rosalind J. Wright and Edwin B. Fischer (RW: Harvard Medical School; EF: Washington University School of Medicine): Putting Asthma into Context: Community Influences on Risk, Behavior, and InterventionPart III. The contours of neighborhood effects on health12. Dolores Acevedo and Kimberly Lochner (DA: Harvard School of Public Health; KL: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation): Residential segregation and health13. Lisa F. Berkman: Neighborhoods and social networks14. Thomas A. Glass and Jennifer L. Balfour (TG: Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, JB: National Institute on Aging, National Institutes on Health): Neighborhoods, aging and functional limitations15. Jody Heymann and Aron Fischer (Harvard School of Public Health, both): Neighborhoods and health research and its relevance to public policy

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"The methodological insights and specific research findings displayed in the book Neighborhoods and Health signal an important advance in epidemiology. This book summarizes much of the recent progress that has been made in studies that use aggregate or area-wide measurements. Overall, thisbook has much to offer. The authors themselves are clearly aware of the complexities, unsolved problems, and numerous challenges that confront anyone who wants to assess quantitatively the impact of social and geographic units on health."--American Journal of Epidemiology