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Determinants and dimensions involved in self-evaluation of health

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  • Fýlkesnes, Knut
  • Førde, Olav Helge
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    This study explores mechanisms involved in self-evaluation of health by making specifications of linkages among various dimensions of health status, physiological measures, social and behavioral factors or characteristics. The proposed structural equation model is tested by using data from a comprehensive health survey of the population of Finmark county, Norway (1987-1988), including 4549 men and 4360 women aged 30-62. The findings suggest the burden of physical distress and reliance on permanent disablement benefit to play the key role in reducing self-evaluated health. The seemingly strong labelling impact of permanent work disability, contrasted to modest effect of diagnoses of chronic disease. Moreover, the impact of both these key factors and other important determinants is strongly socially patterned. Positive health related life-style appeared to have a positive impact on self-rated health, while preoccupation with health had a negative impact. This finding adds some credibility to the suggestion that the growing occupation and fascination with health have some negative health outcomes.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 35 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 271-279

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:35:y:1992:i:3:p:271-279
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