This study links aggregate data from the 2001 census to individual data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, using dissemination areas as the unit of aggregation. Individual-level considerations are found to be more important to self-perceived health than community-level characteristics. Education and income adequacy are the most important considerations. Sense of belonging to community overshadows the features measured at the aggregate level, be they economic, family, cultural or geographic considerations.
Niu, Jianlin and Beaujot, Roderic
"Aggregate Level Community Characteristics and Health,"
PSC Discussion Papers Series:
14, Article 1.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pscpapers/vol19/iss14/1