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J Aging Health. 2015 Jun;27(4):730-50. doi: 10.1177/0898264314556616. Epub 2014 Nov 3.

Social capital, socioeconomic status, and health-related quality of life among older adults in Bogotá (Colombia).

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1
Fundación para la Educación y el Desarrollo Social, Bogotá, Colombia dilucumi@fundacionfes.org.
2
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
3
Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The main goal of this study was to evaluate the relationship between levels of cognitive social capital and health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

METHODS:

A multilevel, cross-sectional study was conducted in 2007 in Bogotá Colombia. A total of 1,907 older adults completed the Spanish version of the Short Form of Health Survey (SF-8) to assess HRQOL. Cognitive dimension of social capital was assessed. Hierarchical linear regressions were conducted to determine the associations between social capital variables and HRQOL.

RESULTS:

Only 20% to 25% of the population reported trust in others and shared values. A total of 93% percent reported that people in their neighborhood would try to take advantage of them if given a chance. Higher social capital indicators were positively associated with the mental and physical dimensions of HRQOL.

DISCUSSION:

Results from this study support evidence on the disintegration of the Colombian society, which may be influenced by high levels of social inequality.

KEYWORDS:

health-related quality of life; older adults; social capital; socioeconomic status

PMID:
25370712
PMCID:
PMC4755298
DOI:
10.1177/0898264314556616
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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