Next Article in Journal
Effects of Ascorbic Acid on Osteopontin Expression and Axonal Myelination in the Developing Cerebellum of Lead-Exposed Rat Pups
Previous Article in Journal
Global Need for Physical Rehabilitation: Systematic Analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
Open AccessArticle

Associations between Home Foreclosure and Health Outcomes in a Spanish City

1
Andalusian School of Public Health, 18080 Granada, Spain
2
CIBER Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), 28029 Madrid, Spain
3
Andalusian Observatory on Environment and Health (OSMAN), 18080 Granada, Spain
4
Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Deceased 1 December 2017.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 981; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060981
Received: 22 January 2019 / Revised: 17 March 2019 / Accepted: 17 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
The financial crisis has caused an exponential increase of home foreclosures in Spain. Recent studies have shown the effects that foreclosures have on mental and physical health. This study explores these effects on a sample of adults in the city of Granada (Spain), in terms of socio-demographic, socio-economic and process characteristics. A cross-sectional survey was administered to obtain information on self-perceived changes in several indicators of physical and mental health, consumption of medications, health-related behaviors and use of health services. A total of 205 persons, going through a foreclosure process, participated in the study. 85.7% of the sample reported an increase of episodes of anxiety, depression, and stress; 82.6% sleep disturbances; 42.8% worsening of previous chronic conditions, and 40.8% an increase in consumption of medication. Women, married persons and persons already in the legal stage of the foreclosure process reported higher probability of worsening health according to several indicators, in comparison with men, not married, and individuals in the initial stages of the foreclosure process. The results of this study reveal a general deterioration of health associated with the foreclosure process. These results may help to identify factors to prevent poor health among populations going through a foreclosure process. View Full-Text
Keywords: foreclosures; economic crisis; housing; social determinants of health; Spain foreclosures; economic crisis; housing; social determinants of health; Spain
MDPI and ACS Style

Bernal-Solano, M.; Bolívar-Muñoz, J.; Mateo-Rodríguez, I.; Robles-Ortega, H.; Fernández-Santaella, M.C.; Mata-Martín, J.L.; Vila-Castellar, J.; Daponte-Codina, A. Associations between Home Foreclosure and Health Outcomes in a Spanish City. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 981.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop