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Rural Poverty, Urban Poverty, and Psychological Well-Being
Paul R. Amato and Jiping Zuo
The Sociological Quarterly
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 229-240
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4121143
Page Count: 12
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Data from the National Survey of Families and Households are used to compare the psychological well-being of the rural and urban poor. Overall, the urban poor are higher in perceived health than the rural poor, although no differences are apparent in happiness or depression. Significant interactions are present between rural/urban poverty and sex, race, and family status. The psychological well-being of poor African Americans is higher in rural than urban areas, whereas the well-being of poor whites is higher in urban than rural areas. This trend is especially pronounced for depression among males. In addition, single men without children have especially high depression scores in rural areas, whereas married women without children have especially low depression scores in urban areas. The results are interpreted in terms of the environmental quality of inner-city neighborhoods and attitudes toward poverty in urban and rural communities.
The Sociological Quarterly © 1992 Midwest Sociological Society