Published Papers - Abstract 438

Conrad S, Tooth L & Dobson A. Neighbourhood cohesion: Determining components and their relation to health in mid aged women. Health and Place, ; :

We examined whether neighbourhood cohesion and social support represent distinct constructs at the individual level, and how these relate to self-rated, mental and physical health. Factor analysis was conducted using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health for women aged 48-56 years. Neighbourhood 'safety', ‘connections’, ‘attachment and trust', and social support were identified as distinct constructs. Self-rated health, mental and physical health scores were positively associated with these factors after adjusting for demographic characteristics. These findings suggest that inclusion of a validated social support measure in future neighbourhood research may increase model specificity, and help increase clarity regarding how neighbourhood cohesion affects health.