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Title :Relationship between Individual-level Social Capital Including Social Trust, Traditional Local Events and Moai, and Mental Health among Middle-aged Adults in Okinawa
Authors :Taba, Mayumi
Uza, Miyoko
Toyama, Yuko
Takakura, Minoru
Authors affiliation :Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus
Issue Date :28-Oct-2016
Publisher :琉球医学会
Type Local :雑誌掲載論文
Type (NII) :Journal Article
ISSN :1346-888X
Abstract :The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between individual-level social capital, including cultural factors such as social trust and traditional local events, moai (a type of mutual-financing, private aid, money-lending circuit), and mental health among middle-aged adults in Okinawa, Japan. A total of 869 middle-aged adults (age range, 30-64 years) who underwent a health checkup at a health center in Okinawa between February and June 2009 were invited to participate in the study. Questionnaire responses from the 327(192 males, 135 females, effective response rate, 37.6%) who provided complete data on all variable of interest were used for analyses. No correlations were found between GHQ12 scores and economic factor, and moai (Spearsonʼs correlation coefficient). Multiple regression analysis was performed with GHQ12 scores as the dependent variable and individual-level social capital such as social trust, traditional local events and contact with friends outside of work as independent variables. Association were found between GHQ12 scores and both traditional local events (β=-2.339, P=0.005) and social trust (β=-0.739, P<0.001). This study suggests that fosters social trust and traditional local events therefore are suitable for promoting regional mental health among middle-age adults.
Rights :琉球医学会
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12001/22206
Citation :琉球医学会誌 = Ryukyu Medical Journal Vol.35 no.1-4 p.7 -19
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