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Traffic-related exposures, constrained restoration, and health in the residential context
Univ Zurich, Dept Psychol, Appl Social & Hlth Psychol, Binzmuhlestr 14,Box 14, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9970-9164
Med Univ Innsbruck, Dept Hyg Microbiol & Social Med, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria.
2016 (English)In: Health and Place, ISSN 1353-8292, E-ISSN 1873-2054, Vol. 39, 92-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Traffic-related exposures may undermine the restorative character of the home, and this may in turn undermine health and residential satisfaction. We addressed this possibility with data for adults residing in a large valley near Innsbruck, Austria (N=572). We joined objective measures of traffic-related sound and air pollutants with reports from door-to-door surveys concerning perceived disturbance from traffic-related exposures, restorative qualities of the living environment, self-perceived health and residential satisfaction. We analyzed these data with successive tests of nested structural equation models, with and without the restorative quality variables. The results suggest that the negative impact of traffic-related exposures on self-perceived health and satisfaction with the living environment involves the constraint of restorative qualities of the living environment, over and above the share traditionally attributed to such exposures viewed as stressors. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of the distinction between environmental stressors and constraints on restoration.

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2016. Vol. 39, 92-100 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298166DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.12.003ISI: 000376515600012PubMedID: 26995669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298166DiVA: diva2:944944
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-07-07Bibliographically approved

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