Do places matter - A multilevel analysis of regional variation in health-related behaviours in Britain

G MOON, Kelvyn Jones, Craig Duncan

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Abstract

A number of commentators have argued that there is a distinctive geography of health-related behaviour. Behaviour has to be understood not only in terms of individual characteristics, but also in relation to local cultures. Places matter, and the context in which behaviour takes place is crucial for understanding and policy. Previous empirical research has been unable to operationalize these ideas and take simultaneous account of both individual compositional and aggregate contextual factors. The present paper addresses this shortcoming through a multi-level analysis of smoking and drinking behaviours recorded in a large-scale national survey. It suggests that place, expressed as regional differences, may be less important than previously implied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-733
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume37
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1993
Event5TH SYMP ON THE SCOPE OF MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY - CHARLOTTE, New Caledonia
Duration: 4 Aug 19927 Aug 1992

Keywords

  • MULTILEVEL MODEL
  • LIFE-STYLE BEHAVIOR
  • SMOKING
  • DRINKING
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • PLACE DIFFERENCES
  • IMMUNIZATION UPTAKE
  • INEQUALITIES
  • COMMUNITY

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