Socioeconomic disadvantage within a neighborhood, perceived financial security and self-rated health Academic Article uri icon


  • We examine whether perceived financial security mediates the association between social deprivation and self-rated health, using data from a 2004 survey of residents of one neighborhood in Calgary (N=441) and 2001 Census data on the 26 Census Dissemination Areas (DAs) that make up this neighborhood. Net of sociodemographic characteristics of residents, DA disadvantage had significant associations with being in fair/poor or very good health as compared to excellent health. Perceived financial security explained part of this association and influenced health over and above individual- and DA-level sociodemographic characteristics. These findings suggest social deprivation and perceptions of financial security are potentially useful intervention targets.


publication date

  • March 2009