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Materialist/postmaterialist values and their association with psychological health and health locus of control: A population-based study

Petersen, Jesper and Lindström, Martin LU (2010) In The Social Science Journal 47(4). p.789-801
Abstract
This study investigates the association between Ronald Inglehart's materialist/postmaterialist index, a psychological aspect of the material pathway to inequalities in health, and health locus of control and psychological health. The data used is from the 2008 public health survey in Skane, a cross-sectional postal questionnaire study with 28,198 respondents (response rate 54%), conducted in southern Sweden during the fall of 2008. Psychological health (GHQ12), health locus of control (external vs. internal) and the four-item Inglehart's index were assessed. A Multiple Logistic Regression Model was used to control for age, sex, country of origin, socioeconomic status and interpersonal trust. External locus of control was observed among... (More)
This study investigates the association between Ronald Inglehart's materialist/postmaterialist index, a psychological aspect of the material pathway to inequalities in health, and health locus of control and psychological health. The data used is from the 2008 public health survey in Skane, a cross-sectional postal questionnaire study with 28,198 respondents (response rate 54%), conducted in southern Sweden during the fall of 2008. Psychological health (GHQ12), health locus of control (external vs. internal) and the four-item Inglehart's index were assessed. A Multiple Logistic Regression Model was used to control for age, sex, country of origin, socioeconomic status and interpersonal trust. External locus of control was observed among 32.7% of the respondents. Poor psychological health was found in 18.2% of the women and 13.8% of the men. Materialist values were positively associated with low socioeconomic status, while a reverse association between postmaterialist values and low socioeconomic status was observed. External health locus of control was strongly and positively associated with materialist values among both men and women. Psychological health was not associated with materialist/postmaterialist values. The materialist/postmaterialist index, a psychological aspect of the material pathway to inequalities in health, is associated with health locus of control but not with mental health. (C) 2010 Western Social Science Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (Less)
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Social capital, Material conditions, Trust, Materialist/postmaterialist, values, Health locus of control, Psychological health, Socioeconomic, status, Sweden
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The Social Science Journal
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47
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789 - 801
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Elsevier
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10.1016/j.soscij.2010.04.007
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  author       = {Petersen, Jesper and Lindström, Martin},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {789--801},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {The Social Science Journal},
  title        = {Materialist/postmaterialist values and their association with psychological health and health locus of control: A population-based study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2010.04.007},
  volume       = {47},
  year         = {2010},
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