Social capital and self-rated health amongst older people in western Finland and northern Sweden: a multi-level analysis

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Fredrica Nyqvist, Mikael Nygård, Wouter Steenbeek
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication year: 2014
Journal: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Journal acronym: Int J Behav Med
Volume number: 21
Issue number: 2
Start page: 337
End page: 347
Number of pages: 11
ISSN: 1070-5503
eISSN: 1532-7558


We conclude that contextual-level social capital on a municipal level is less important for understanding the influence of social capital on health in the Bothnia region of Finland and Sweden. On the other hand, our study shows that individual-level social participation and trust have a positive and significant association with self-rated health. We suggest that other ways of defining social capital at the collective level, such as the inclusion of neighbourhood social capital, could be one direction for future research.


Older people, Self-rated health, Social capital, Sweden

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