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Health-Related Behaviors

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Abstract

There is sufficient evidence justifying intensive research into possible mechanisms linking social capital and individual health. Helliwell and Putnam (2004) wrote some years ago “How is social capital in the “lean and mean” sense that we use here – networks and norms of reciprocity and trust – related to subjective well-being?” and they continued “People who have close friends and confidants, friendly neighbours and supportive coworkers are less likely to experience sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem and problems with eating and sleeping”. However, there is a long way from the subjective affections and emotions to empirically verified pathways and effects of social capital on the physiology, pathophysiology, disease and death of human beings.

Keywords

Social Capital Social Participation Dietary Behavior Good Sleep Leisure Physical Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Health and Welfare, Population StudiesTurkuFinland

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