Cognitive components of social capital and mental health status among older adults: a population-based cross-sectional study

Anna Forsman, Fredrica Nyqvist, Kristian Wahlbeck

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    AIMS:

    To determine the associations between the cognitive aspects of social capital and mental health status in older adults.

    METHODS:

    Data on older people (65 years of age or older, n = 1,102) were retrieved from a general population mental health survey conducted in Finland in 2008. The response rate was 61%. The associations between self-reported depression (measured by the Composite International Diagnostic Interview Short Form, CIDI-SF) or psychological distress (measured by the General Health Questionnaire, GHQ-12) and perceived social support, sense of belonging, and trust were tested by logistic regression analyses.

    RESULTS:

    For the cognitive social capital indicators, difficult access to help from neighbours showed a significant association with depression. Furthermore, not having people to count on, experiencing a lack of concern from other people, and feeling mistrust towards other people were all significantly associated with psychological distress.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    Links between mental health and cognitive social capital indicate that social support and trust may be important factors to consider when developing interventions to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders among older adults.

    OriginalspråkOdefinierat/okänt
    Sidor (från-till)757–765
    TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Public Health
    Volym39
    Utgåva7
    DOI
    StatusPublicerad - 2011
    MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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