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Las Vegas, Nev. – UNC Center for Community Capital research associate Kim Manturuk presented findings on links between homeownership and mental health this week at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

The conference focused on the theme, “Social Conflict: Multiple Dimensions and Arenas.”

Manturuk’s presentation, “Linking Social Disorganization, Urban Homeownership, and Mental Health,” reported on research which examined whether homeownership increased trust and perceptions of control.

Drawing on data collected from respondents in 30 low-wealth urban areas in the United States, Manturuk found that homeowners reported a greater sense of control than renters, which reduced their psychological distress. Homeowners also reported having greater trust in their neighbors. The findings point to a need for a cohesive theory of homeownership that considers changing economic realities, Manturuk said.

View her presentation.

The impact of homeownership is a key area of research for the UNC Center for Community Capital, the leading center for research and policy analysis on the transformative power of capital on households and communities in the United States. The center is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its in-depth analyses help policymakers, advocates and the private sector find sustainable ways to expand economic opportunity to more people, more effectively. For more information, visit or call (919) 843-2140.

Topics(s): Affordable Homeownership, Impacts of Homeownership
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