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  • 标题:Association of festival observance with psychological distress in a rural Japanese community
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  • 作者:Tomohito Minamizono ; Yoshihiro Kaneko ; Sachiko Minamizono
  • 期刊名称:Open Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • 印刷版ISSN:2162-2477
  • 电子版ISSN:2162-2485
  • 出版年度:2013
  • 卷号:3
  • 期号:5
  • 页码:368-373
  • DOI:10.4236/ojpm.2013.35050
  • 出版社:Scientific Research Publishing
  • 摘要:Introduction: A growing body of evidence suggests that social capital improves mental health. However, the association between the observance of festivals and mental health has not yet been investigated in depth by public health researchers. The purpose of this study is to examine whether festival observance is associated with psychological distress. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 17,525 residents aged 40 to 79 who lived in a rural town in northern Japan. We assessed each participant’s psychological distress level, social capital and festival observance via a questionnaire. We performed multiple logistic regression analyses to examine the association of festival observance with psychological distress. Results: A total of 11,649 residents responded to this survey (a response rate of 66.5%). The group who responded that their community did not hold festivals was negatively associated with psychological distress, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics (OR = 1.71, 95% CI 1.49-1.97). After adjusting for both socio-demographics and social capital, the association became weaker, but was still significant (OR = 1.27, 95% CI 1.10-1.48). Conclusions: Festival observance was associated with psychological distress in a rural Japanese community. It seems that festival observance is a factor to be taken into consideration in mental health promotion in the community.
  • 关键词:Festival; Psychological Distress; Social Capital; Reciprocity; Trust; Attachment to
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