Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(8), 2102-2112; doi:10.3390/ijerph6082102
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Neighborhood Environment and Self-Rated Health among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka

1 Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka 2 Duke Medical Center, Duke University, Durham, NC 27710, USA 3 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
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Legislation and Public Health)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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