A new report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that, for some people, the colour of their homes and property can make a big difference to their overall wellbeing.
The bureau’s Housing and Urban Research Institute report, The Color of Homes and Property: A Guide to the Colour of People’s Houses, has found the colour red is associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression and anxiety-related behaviours, while white and black can make people feel more relaxed, peaceful and happy.
“Some of these colours are associated with negative feelings,” Associate Professor John Tett said.
“They can make it more difficult for people to live in the community.
They’re associated with loneliness and isolation.”
While most Australians would agree that the colour pink, green and blue is associated to feelings of happiness, it is the colour that the ABS researchers looked at that was particularly troubling.
Professor Tett and his team looked at the number of people in the study who were identified as having negative feelings towards white, blue and green, as well as the number who felt they were being bullied.
They found that people who identified as white had a statistically significantly higher level of anxiety and depression than people of colour.
“This is a very important finding,” Associate Associate Professor Tett told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“We have now shown that this colour really does play a role in people’s mental health.”
It seems like if you look at it in a broader way, this could be an indicator of social isolation and loneliness, or it could be associated with an increase in the likelihood of having an anxiety disorder.””
This finding is not surprising given that it is so prevalent in this community,” Associate Prof Tett continued.”
You can see people are quite isolated, and you can see it in the way they interact with the community and how they engage with the other residents.
“While Professor Tets findings are very positive, there is more to be done, Associate Professor Tatters said.
In fact, the ABS’ report notes that it would be important to consider whether people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds should be allowed to live together in a single-occupancy housing unit, because of the positive effects they may have on other people.”
People with darker skin colours tend to have more anxiety, higher rates of depression, higher levels in depression, and lower levels in stress levels,” Associate professor Tatters told ABC Adelaide.
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