Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Can social capital explain mental health inequalities between immigrant groups?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6973-0381
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 24, p. 57-58Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Nearly 15% of Sweden’s population are immigrants and research has shown them to be one of the most susceptible groups to mental ill-health. The variance in mental health status can to a large extent be explained by different post-migrant factors. Social capital has been suggested to partly explain health inequalities between social groups and may be specifically important with regard to health inequalities between immigrant groups, due to its affinity with the concept of integration. This study aims to explore to what extent social capital can help to explain mental health inequalities between Swedish born and different immigrant groups.

Methods

The project is based on data from the Stockholm Public Health Cohort (SPHC). The SPHC combines information from repeated self-administered questionnaires, 2002 an onwards, with information from national and regional registers on a randomized sample of the adult population in Stockholm County. We employed a cross-sectional design using baseline data from 51,715 individuals from the SPHC. Mental health was measured using the 12-item General Health Questionnaire. Social capital was measured using indicators of bonding, bridging, and linking social capital. Immigrant status was decided depending on reason for immigration (refugee/labor). Mediation was tested using step-wise logistic regression.

Results

The results show that refugees had greater risk of mental ill-health than labor immigrants. Among men both refugees and labor immigrants had greater risk of mental ill-health than Swedish born, which was true only for refugees among women. No significant differences in mental ill-health between Swedish born, labor immigrants and refugees remained after adjusting for social capital indicators.

Conclusions

Immigrants in Sweden have greater risk of mental ill-health than Swedish born, both among men and women. Social capital seemed to explain most of the differences in mental ill-health between Swedish born and different immigrant groups. Increased knowledge of how social capital might mediate the effect of immigration status on mental health may be of significance for a variety of policy measures taken in the public-health arena and a step towards identifying elements of improvement of the integration process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 24, p. 57-58
Keywords [en]
mental health, immigrants, social capital
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123122DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/cku161.017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123122DiVA, id: diva2:871765
Conference
7th European Public Health Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 19 - 22 November, 2014
Available from: 2015-11-16 Created: 2015-11-16 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records

Rostila, Mikael

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Rostila, Mikael
By organisation
Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS)
In the same journal
European Journal of Public Health
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 208 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf