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Social and physical environments and self-rated health in urban and rural communities in Korea

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  • Social and physical environments and self-rated health in urban and rural communities in Korea
  • Lee, Jung-A; Park, Jong Heon; Kim, Myung
  • Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute


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Title Social and physical environments and self-rated health in urban and rural communities in Korea
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Lee, Jung-A; Park, Jong Heon; Kim, Myung

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[Basel, Switzerland]:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

Date 2015-11
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health:vol 12(no. 11)
Pages 13
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding MDPI

Abstract

This study evaluated the associations between social and physical environments and self-rated health (SRH) for urban and rural Korean adults, using data from the Korean Community Health Survey (KCHS) of 199,790 participants (115,454 urban and 84,336 rural). The main dependent variable was SRH, while the primary independent variables were social and physical characteristics. Urban residents reported better SRH than did rural residents. Five social environmental variables (trust of neighbors, residence in the area for over 20 years, exchanging help with neighbors, friend and fellowship activities, contact with relatives and neighbors over five times per month) were more prevalent among rural residents. Satisfaction with physical environment was more common among rural residents, but satisfaction with traffic and healthcare facilities was more common among urban areas. (The rest omitted)