Sexual orientation, social capital and daily tobacco smoking: a population-based study.

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Studies have suggested poorer health in the homosexual and bisexual groups compared to heterosexuals. Tobacco smoking, which is a health-related behavior associated with psychosocial stress, may be one explanation behind such health differences. Social capital, i.e. the generalized trust in other people and social participation/social networks which decreases the costs of social interaction, has been suggested to affect health through psychosocial pathways and through norms connected with health related behaviours, The aim of this study is to investigate the association between sexual orientation and daily tobacco smoking, taking social capital into account and analyzing the attenuation of the logit after the introduction of social participation, trust and their combination in the models.

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  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Original languageEnglish
Article number565
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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