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

Fredrica Nyqvist, Mikael Nygård, Wouter Steenbeek

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    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.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)337–347
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Medicine
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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

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