HOUSING QUALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH AMONG THE ELDERLY
Evans, G.W., Eshelman, P. and Kantrowitz, E., Cornell University, USA
An observer based index of housing quality is related to a standardized measure of mental health (Mac Arthur Network Positive Affect Scale) among community residents over 65. Statistical controls are incorporated for income, negative affect, gender, ADLs, education, and home ownership. Furthermore, this relation between housing quality and mental health is partially mediated by place attachment. Poor housing quality is related to less place attachment which in turn is associated with poorer mental health. Checks for spuriousness indicate that the pathway does not proceed in a different direction.