Relationship Between Housing and Health

By Vildan Sökmen Kılınç, Selda Coskuner and Sibel Erkal.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Housing is the conjunction of the dwelling, the home, the immediate environment and the community. “Healthy housing” covers the provision of functional and adequate physical, social and mental conditions for health, safety, hygiene, comfort and privacy. A healthy home therefore is not a specially designed house, it is more a residential setting for a household that is including all standards and “best practice” knowledge that has been gained over centuries of dwelling construction and immediate environment design. The relationship between housing and health is obviously a complex mix. It is also an area where national authorities, local authorities, and individuals can work intensively to achieve health gains through improving housing condition, be it the physical housing or the social environment of the house. Healthy housing must be a comprehensive concept taking into consideration a variety of factors contributing to the quality of housing and housing environments. Housing should respond physical, psychological and basic health needs of people. The lack of health conditions in housing, negatively effects the human health. There is considerable evidence that housing conditions do affect health status. As studies in many countries proved the relation between housing and health.

Keywords: Housing, Health, Housing Standards

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.267-272. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 534.023KB).

Vildan Sökmen Kılınç

Research Assistant, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Sıhhiye, Turkey

Research Assistant Vildan SÖKMEN KILINÇ: M.D. (2004), Hacettepe University; B.S. (2000), Hacettepe University. Areas of Expertise: Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Relations. Biography: Vildan Sökmen Kılınç is a research assistant of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Vildan Sökmen Kılınç’s research interests include family relations, effect of women working on the home and family life, domestic violence towards women, technology using situation of elderly in daily life. Her interests are; traveling, reading.

Asst. Prof. Selda Coskuner

Research Assistant, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Sıhhiye, Turkey

Research Assistant Selda COŞKUNER, Education/Professional Certification: M.D. (2007), Hacettepe University, B.S. (2004), Hacettepe University. Areas of Expertise: Family and Consumer Sciences, Housekeeping, Organizational commitment. Biography: Selda Coşkuner is a research assistant of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Selda Coşkuner’s research interests include housekeeping, organizational commitment. Her interests are; traveling, reading, yoga.

Prof Sibel Erkal

Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Sıhhiye, Turkey

Dr. Sibel Erkal, Assoiate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, Education/Professional Certification: Ph.D. (1997), Hacettepe University B.S. (1992), Hacettepe University. Areas of Expertise: Family Health, Housing and Health, Home Accidents, Housekeeping. Biography: Dr. Sibel Erkal is a Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Individual and Community Health, Housing and Health. Dr.Erkal’s research interests include Hygiene in home and institutions, home accidents, housing and health, housekeeping. She has published in a variety of social science journals, including The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, Social Behavior and Personality an International Journal, Journal of Safety Research, Sağlık ve Toplum Dergisi, Sağlık Dergisi, Hacettepe Üniversitesi Sosyolojik Araştırmalar e-dergi, Sağlık İdaresi Dergisi, Egitim ve Bilim Dergisi, Yeni Tıp Dergisi. She worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Minnesota University (ABD), School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences on 9th August-19th December 2006.

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