Journal article

The association of smoking with perception of income inequality, relative material well-being, and social capital

Mohammad Siahpush, Ron Borland, Janet Taylor, Gopal K Singh, Zahid Ansari, Adrian Serraglio

Social Science & Medicine | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine the association of smoking status with income inequality, relative deprivation, perception of relative material well-being and community-level social capital, controlling for individual-level indicators of social capital, and common socio-economic variables. Data were from telephone interviews of approximately 126 residents selected at random (using the Electronic White Pages) from each of 22 local government areas (LGAs) in the Melbourne metropolitan region, Victoria, Australia (total n = 2762). We used logistic regression to assess the association of covariates with smoking status. Being a smoker was associated with a higher level of perceived income ine..

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