Housing tenure trajectories and health: reflections on a research gap
Keywords:health, housing tenure, life course dynamics, life course epidemiology
Previous research has documented better physical and mental health among homeowners than among renters and individuals living in other housing tenures, presumably because homeownership contributes to a better quality of the built environment, reinforces pre-existing socio-economic advantages, and alleviates house-related stress by providing a sense of “ontological security”. To date, most of the research on homeownership and health has been conducted in a cross-sectional manner, while studies adopting longitudinal and life-course perspectives are rare. This research note discusses potential research developments to fill this gap, building on the theoretical framework of life-course epidemiology, with a specific focus on the European context.
Copyright (c) 2023 Agostino Cristofalo
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.