Political ideology and health in Japan

A disaggregated analysis

S. V. Subramanian, Tsuyoshi Hamano, Jessica M. Perkins, Akio Koyabu, Yoshikazu Fujisawa

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Background Recent studies from the USA and Europe suggest an association between an individual's political ideology and their health status, with those claiming to be conservatives reporting better health. The presence of this association is examined in Japan.Results Therewas an inverse association between political ideology (left to right) and self-rated poor health as well as between ideology and smoking status even after adjusting for age, sex, socioeconomic status and fixed effects for survey periods. Compared with those who identified as 'left', the OR for reporting poor health and smoking among those who identified as 'right' was 0.86 (95% CI 0.74 to 0.99) and 0.80 (95% CI 0.70 to 0.91), respectively. Conclusions Health differences by political ideology have typically been interpreted as reflecting socioeconomic differences. The results from Japan corroborate the previous findings from the USA and Europe that socioeconomic differences do not account for health differences by political ideologies. Political ideology is likely to be a marker of several latent values and attitudes (eg, religiosity, individual responsibility and or community participation) that might be beneficial for health at the individual level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-840
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Volume64
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep

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Subramanian, S. V., Hamano, T., Perkins, J. M., Koyabu, A., & Fujisawa, Y. (2010). Political ideology and health in Japan: A disaggregated analysis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(9), 838-840. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2009.097915

Political ideology and health in Japan : A disaggregated analysis. / Subramanian, S. V.; Hamano, Tsuyoshi; Perkins, Jessica M.; Koyabu, Akio; Fujisawa, Yoshikazu.

In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 64, No. 9, 09.2010, p. 838-840.

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Subramanian, SV, Hamano, T, Perkins, JM, Koyabu, A & Fujisawa, Y 2010, 'Political ideology and health in Japan: A disaggregated analysis', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 64, no. 9, pp. 838-840. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2009.097915
Subramanian, S. V. ; Hamano, Tsuyoshi ; Perkins, Jessica M. ; Koyabu, Akio ; Fujisawa, Yoshikazu. / Political ideology and health in Japan : A disaggregated analysis. In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2010 ; Vol. 64, No. 9. pp. 838-840.
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