Journal article

Beneficial Roles of Social Support for Mental Health Vary in the Japanese Population depending on Disaster Experience: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study.

Akihiko Ozaki, Sayaka Horiuchi, Yasuma Kobayashi, Mariko Inoue, Jun Aida, Claire Leppold, Kazue Yamaoka

The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine | Published : 2018


The purpose of the present study was to assess the effects of social capital on mental health among the Japanese population with or without natural disaster experience. A nationwide cross-sectional study was performed in the population aged 15 to 79 years old. We collected data on psychological status, social capital, disaster experience in ten years prior to the survey, and socio-demographic information. We assessed cognitive social capital (perceptions of support, reciprocity and trust), social support (support from individuals in the community), and social participation (participation in social activities) as components of social capital. The study outcome was mild mood or anxiety disorde..

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