Date of Original Version

Fall 1978



Abstract or Description

The relationship between density and environmental controllability is clarified with effects previously attributed to density reinterpreted as due to the loss of environmental control. A selected review of the experimental literature is used to demonstrate the central role of environmental control in a wide range of crowding situations. Moreover, an analysis of correlational data relating to residential density to health and social organization suggests that density has deleterious effects only on those (susceptible populations) who lack control over their environments.



Published In

Journal of Population, 1, 13.