Journal article

Do financial hardship and social support mediate the effect of unaffordable housing on mental health?

Ankur Singh, Zoe Aitken, Emma Baker, Rebecca Bentley

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020

Abstract

PURPOSE: Unaffordable housing has a negative impact on mental health; however, little is known about the causal pathways through which it transmits this effect. We examine the role of financial hardship and social support as mediators of this relationship. METHODS: We identified households where housing costs changed from affordable to unaffordable across two waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey (2014-2015). The sequential causal mediation analysis was used to decompose the total effect of unaffordable housing on mental health into the portion attributable to financial hardship and social support [natural indirect effect (NIE)] and the portion not oc..

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