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Social capital or liability? Gender, network size and self-rated health (SRH) among community-dwelling adults in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Title
Social capital or liability? Gender, network size and self-rated health (SRH) among community-dwelling adults in Lao People's Democratic Republic
Authors
Kim, Harris Hyun-sooKang, MinahChoi, Kyungwon
Ewha Authors
강민아김현수
SCOPUS Author ID
강민아scopus; 김현수scopus
Issue Date
2019
Journal Title
SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL
ISSN
0362-3319JCR Link

1873-5355JCR Link
Citation
SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 617 - 626
Keywords
Social capitalNetwork sizeSelf-rated healthContextual effectLao PDR
Publisher
ELSEVIER
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This study examines the relationship between social capital and health by focusing on a novel empirical case: Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). Specifically, it examines individual- and community-level associations between network size and self-rated health (SRH) among community-dwelling Lao adults, and how gender may moderate those associations. Data come from the original survey (of 979 respondents in 50 villages) conducted in Laos in 2015. Using pooled and stratified subsets of data, we fitted a series of (2 -level) hierarchical generalized linear models to investigate the network size-SRH linkage, while adjusting for confounders. Net of age, gender, ethnicity, partnership status, educational attainment, household economic background, life satisfaction, social support, and physical conditions (BMI and number of adverse bodily symptoms), we find that larger network size (number of confidants) is negatively related to SRH for both male and female subgroups. For the female subsample, residence in a "better-connected" community, characterized by greater aggregate network size, is also associated with lower odds of being healthy. No such contextual-level effect exists for men. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of Western Social Science Association.
DOI
10.1016/j.soscij.2018.09.001
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