Neighborhood disadvantage and mental health

Chris Segrin, R. Amanda Cooper

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


“Neighborhood disadvantage” is a term used to describe impoverished living conditions evident in one's immediate environment. There is a substantial body of empirical evidence that establishes an association between living in disadvantaged neighborhoods and mental health problems. Neighborhood disadvantage has been linked with problems such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, alcohol abuse, and schizophrenia. Most theories designed to explain these associations focus on stress, the community's lack of control over its residence for the public good, and the downward mobility of people suffering from mental illness into impoverished living conditions. Some longitudinal research suggests that neighborhood disadvantage may exert a causal effect on poor mental health in some cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323914987
ISBN (Print)9780323914970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drift hypothesis
  • Loneliness
  • Neighborhood
  • Poverty
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress
  • Weathering hypothesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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