The Continuum of Disorder and Its Implications for Health
Kathleen Cagney (University of Chicago, Department of Health Studies)
Monday, 03-08-2010. ARCHIVED EVENT
Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St
COSPONSOR WITH SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER
Neighborhood social and physical disorder have been associated with poor individual health, particularly among older adults who, it is hypothesized, spend more time within neighborhood boundaries. High levels of disorder may lead to fear and further confinement and, in turn, to a disinvestment in the immediate environment and in the individual (apparent through lack of self care). I propose a "continuum of disorder" where disorder on the neighborhood, household, and personal level are linked. I use data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a national probability sample of 3005 adults aged 57 to 85. I conduct analyses of elevated c-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation and a precursor to cardiovascular disease, to illustrate the impact of neighborhood, household, and personal disorder on health.