Date of Award

12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Applied Sociology

Committee Member

Dr. Ye Luo, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. William Haller

Committee Member

Dr. Brenda Vander Mey

Committee Member

Dr. Ellen Granberg

Abstract

Neighborhood environments are considered crucial factors in affecting self-ratedhealth. Previous empirical research has documented a positive association between self ratings of neighborhood environments and health status. Although this relationship has been studied extensively in western countries, the relationship between neighborhoodratings and health status in East Asian countries has received far less attention by researchers. Using data from the East Asian Social Survey 2010, this thesis examines the relationship between self-rated health and the three main types of neighborhood environment (built, physical, and social) in Mainland China, Japan, and South Korea. This study also compares the neighborhood effects on self-rated health across the three countries. Using logistic ordinal regression, this study found that neighborhood built, physical and social environments are positively associated with self-rated health in China, Japan and South Korea. And these effects vary by country, with the strongest associationbetween neighborhood built physical and social environments and self-rated health in Japan.

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