Home-made blues: Residential crowding and mental health in Beijing, China

  title={Home-made blues: Residential crowding and mental health in Beijing, China},
  author={Xize Wang and Tao Liu},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={461 - 482}
Although residential crowding has many well-being implications, its connection to mental health is yet to be widely examined. Using survey data from 1613 residents in Beijing, China, we find that living in a crowded place – measured by both square metres per person and persons per bedroom – is significantly associated with a higher risk of depression. We test for the mechanisms of such associations and find that the residential crowding–depression link arises through increased living space… 

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