Health, well-being and vulnerable populations

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International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, 2012, pp. 355 - 361
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Population groups identified as 'vulnerable' commonly include the socioeconomically disadvantaged, women and children, ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, the homeless, and the elderly. Such vulnerability is predicated on the stresses and risks to which individuals and groups are subjected, including poverty, discrimination, subordination, lack of social support, political marginalisation, disenfranchisement, and denial of human rights. Recent interest in understanding the ways in which such populations may experience diminished well-being, increased morbidity, and premature mortality as a result of the nature, state, and location of their housing has led to a growing interest in developing means to ameliorate such conditions. © 2012 Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved..
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