Neighbour's Kids

I grew up in a small town in Michigan where there were no fences between houses. Now, I live in the Phoenix area, where everyone has a 5 foot high block privacy fence separating them from their neighbors. It was interesting to read this new study.

A new study from the University of Missouri shows that increasing trust in neighbors is associated with better self-reported health.

“I examined the idea of ‘relative position,’ or where one fits into the income distribution in their local community, as it applies to both trust of neighbors and self-rated health,” said Eileen Bjornstrom, an assistant professor of sociology in the MU College of Arts and Science. “Because human beings engage in interpersonal comparisons in order to gauge individual characteristics, it has been suggested that a low relative position, or feeling that you are below another person financially, leads to stress and negative emotions such as shame, hostility and distrust, and that health suffers as a consequence. While most people aren’t aware of how trust impacts them, results indicated that trust was a factor in a person’s overall health.”

“I was surprised about the direction in which relative position was linked to distrust. If affluent individuals are less likely to trust their poorer neighbors, it could be beneficial to attempt to overcome some of the distrust that leads to poor health,” Bjornstrom said. “It is possible that shared community resources that promote interaction, such as sidewalks and parks, could help bridge the neighborhood trust gap, and also promote health and well-being. Residents of all economic statuses might then benefit if community cohesion was increased. Additional research can address those questions.” –Science Daily


Writing Prompt: Create a community in your world and write about how the trust/distrust of the inhabitants relates to their health.

Journaling Prompt: How is your community laid out? Does the design of your community affect your relationship with your neighbors? 

Art Prompt: Community

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about your neighborhood and how it fosters community or distrust. Give your audience tips for building community in their neighborhoods.

Photo Credit: Mike Babiarz on Flickr

2 Responses to Prompt #162 Distrust

  1. Sara says:

    Okay, I just spent a few minutes over at your writing for this prompt, which I really enjoyed.

    Not only did I learn a lot about you, but it was a fun read. You moved around a lot and had quite a few interesting animal stories. I did feel a bit sorry for the now incontinent kitty, but you warned them.As you know, cat’s aren’t always “social” animals.

    How come we can’t leave comments at your writings? I see the “NOTE” box, but it doesn’t let me leave a comment.

    I’m really enjoying seeing YOUR writings to the prompts.
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    • Liz says:

      I think it’s how Tumblr is set up. I don’t really get it. I read a marketing article that recommended having it to help boost your SEO and traffic, but I’m just not getting the appeal. I can’t figure out how to comment either. I can like a post or I can reblog it. Only if I reblog it can I make a comment on it. Weird.

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