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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

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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 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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