Housing, Health and Happiness: How Inadequate Housing Shapes Child and Parental Wellbeing

A new report, Housing, Health and Happiness: How Inadequate Housing Shapes Child and Parental Wellbeing, has been published by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and funded by the Housing Agency Research Support Programme.

“This report shows that families living in poorer quality housing have lower social and emotional wellbeing. Using data on the families of children born in 2008  from the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study, the findings show that mothers living in inadequate housing and poorer quality neighbourhoods report more depression, find parenting more stressful, and report greater conflict and less closeness with their children. The children of these mothers, in turn, face greater social and emotional difficulties at age nine. Inadequate housing includes damp conditions, lack of heating and accommodation being too small, and poorer quality neighbourhoods refer to areas with more disorder and fewer social supports.”

The report is available to download here.