Neighborhood Deprivation and Self-Rated Health in Lagos State, Nigeria

  • Rasheed Kola Ojikutu Department of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos, Akoka
Keywords: Neighborhood, Deprivation, Self Rated Health, Security, Residence

Abstract

This study examines the effect of neighborhood deprivation on the perception of the individuals about their own health in Lagos State, Nigeria. Respondents were required to rate their own health as "excellent, very good, good, fair, poor and very poor". The questionnaire contained questions on various aspect of the respondents neighborhood and their perception about them. It was found that most neighborhoods in Lagos State are deprived of basic essentials of life such as electricity, water, good roads and security. Over 43% of the respondents claimed to have visited a hospital two or more times and 43.7% had lost at least two neighbors in the past one year. Over half (57.8%) of the respondents rated their own health as good, 36.6% ranked their own health as fair while only 5.6% claimed to have poor health. A fitted regression model ( r2 = 0.644) showed that variables such as number of dependants, income, occupation, type of residential accommodation, ownership of house, number of rooms occupied, mode and convenience of transportation, accessibility to water, electricity and good roads and security jointly determine the perception of an individual about his own health status.

Key Words: Neighborhood, Deprivation, Self Rated Health, Security, Residence

DOI = 10.3126/dsaj.v2i0.1364

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol.2 pp.193-210

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Author Biography

Rasheed Kola Ojikutu, Department of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos, Akoka
Ojikutu, Rasheed Kola has been teaching at the Department of Actuarial Science and Insurance, University of Lagos, Nigeria for 27 years. He holds B.Sc and MSc degrees from the University of Madras (1980, 1982) and PhD degree in Mortality from the Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria. He has published many articles in local and international academic journals and he is the author of three books. His areas of interest are Mortality, Environment and Statistics. He is currently the Coordinating Director of the MBA program of the University of Lagos.
E-mail: kolaojikutu@yahoo.com
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Ojikutu, R. (1). Neighborhood Deprivation and Self-Rated Health in Lagos State, Nigeria. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 2, 193-210. https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v2i0.1364
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