Housing improvements, housing quality and psychosocial benefits from the home

Julie Clark, Ade Kearns

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In advanced countries, where many of the most deleterious physical health effects of poor housing have been eradicated or substantially reduced, there has been increasing interest in mental health and psychosocial benefits as housing outcomes. Recently available data, based on a large-scale survey of social renters in Glasgow, have offered the opportunity to explore the psychosocial benefits of home in previously unavailable detail, over a range of property types and housing improvement interventions. Findings indicate that home improvements have mediating effects upon the psychosocial benefits, which occupants derive from their homes via their impacts upon perceived home quality. However, landlord relations and the quality of the wider neighbourhood within which improvements take place are shown to be important moderators of this relationship. In particular, landlords' overall service performance, how they keep tenants informed and how they take tenants' views on board, all make a difference to perceptions of home quality and to psychosocial status and control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-939
Number of pages25
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Housing imrovements
  • Psychosocial benefits
  • Social renting
  • Status
  • Control


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