Briefing paper 26: relocating or remaining
This paper looks at the question of whether circumstances of area regeneration can drive changes in health behaviours. The key findings were:
- Relocation from demolition areas to nearby neighbourhoods did not lead to better health behaviours in the short-to-medium term.
- Health behaviours were better among people living through regeneration than those in residentially stable areas.
- Internal home conditions were positively associated with smoking, drinking and diet.
- Neighbourhood conditions are inconsistently associated with health behaviours.
- Having educational qualifications and being in work have strong positive associations with healthy behaviours.