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Understanding urbanicity: how interdisciplinary methods help to unravel the effects of the city on mental health

Krabbendam, L., Van Vugt, M., Conus, P. , Soederstroem, O., Abrahamyan Empson, L., van Os, J. & Fett, A-K. ORCID: 0000-0003-0282-273X (2020). Understanding urbanicity: how interdisciplinary methods help to unravel the effects of the city on mental health. Psychological Medicine, 51(7), pp. 1099-1110. doi: 10.1017/s0033291720000355


Twenty-first century urbanization poses increasing challenges for mental health. Epidemiological studies have shown that mental health problems often accumulate in urban areas, compared to rural areas, and suggested possible underlying causes associated with the social and physical urban environments. Emerging work indicates complex urban effects that depend on many individual and contextual factors at neighbourhood and country level and novel experimental work is starting to dissect potential underlying mechanisms. This review summarizes findings from epidemiology and population- based studies, neuroscience, experimental, and experience-based research and illustrates how a combined approach can move the field towards an increased understanding of the urbanicity-mental health nexus.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in Psychological Medicine, This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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