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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(2), 528-545; doi:10.3390/ijerph7020528
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Housing and Health in Ghana: The Psychosocial Impacts of Renting a Home

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Received: 16 December 2009; Accepted: 4 February 2010 / Published: 11 February 2010
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Abstract: This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study investigating the impacts of renting a home on the psychosocial health of tenants in the Accra Metropolitan Area (AMA) in Ghana. In-depth interviews (n = 33) were conducted with private renters in Adabraka, Accra. The findings show that private renters in the AMA face serious problems in finding appropriate and affordable rental units, as well as a persistent threat of eviction by homeowners. These challenges tend to predispose renters to psychosocial distress and diminishing ontological security. Findings are relevant to a range of pluralistic policy options that emphasize both formal and informal housing provision, together with the reorganization and decentralization of the Rent Control Board to the district level to facilitate easy access by the citizenry.
Keywords: housing; advance rent; psychosocial health; coping strategies; Accra Metropolitan Area; Ghana housing; advance rent; psychosocial health; coping strategies; Accra Metropolitan Area; Ghana
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Luginaah, I.; Arku, G.; Baiden, P. Housing and Health in Ghana: The Psychosocial Impacts of Renting a Home. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 528-545.

AMA Style

Luginaah I, Arku G, Baiden P. Housing and Health in Ghana: The Psychosocial Impacts of Renting a Home. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(2):528-545.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Luginaah, Isaac; Arku, Godwin; Baiden, Philip. 2010. "Housing and Health in Ghana: The Psychosocial Impacts of Renting a Home." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 2: 528-545.


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