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Neighborhood Environment and Self-Rated Health among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
Duke Medical Center, Duke University, Durham, NC 27710, USA
Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka
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Received: 11 July 2009; Accepted: 23 July 2009 / Published: 29 July 2009
Abstract: The prevalenceof different neighborhood environmental stressors and associations between the stressors and self-rated health are described in a representative sample of 2,077 individuals, aged 18-85 years, in southern Sri Lanka. Mosquito menace (69.4%), stray dog problems (26.8%), nuisance from neighbors (20.3%), and nuisance from drug users (18.7%) were found to be the most prevalent environmental stressors. None of the stressors investigated were associated with self-rated physical health, but nuisance from neighbors, nuisance from drug users, shortage of water and having poor water/ sewage drainage system were associated with self-rated mental health among the respondents.
Keywords: environment; neighborhood; stressors; self-rated health; Sri Lanka; ecology
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Perera, B.; Østbye, T.; Jayawardana, C. Neighborhood Environment and Self-Rated Health among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2102-2112.
Perera B, Østbye T, Jayawardana C. Neighborhood Environment and Self-Rated Health among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(8):2102-2112.
Perera, Bilesha; Østbye, Truls; Jayawardana, Chandramali. 2009. "Neighborhood Environment and Self-Rated Health among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 8: 2102-2112.