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Psychological distress and voting behaviour in nine countries of the former Soviet Union

Authors
 Andrew Stickley   ;   Tomiki Sumiyoshi   ;   Naoki Kondo   ;   Mall Leinsalu   ;   Yosuke Inoue   ;   Vladislav Ruchkin   ;   Jae Il Shin   ;   Martin McKee 
Citation
 SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Vol.13(1) : 22709, 2023-12 
Journal Title
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
Issue Date
2023-12
MeSH
Adult ; Armenia ; Female ; Georgia (Republic) / epidemiology ; Humans ; USSR ; Ukraine / epidemiology ; Voting*
Abstract
Poorer mental health is linked to a lower likelihood of voting in elections. However, little is known about this association in non-Western settings. This study examined the association between psychological distress and voting in nine countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU). Data were analysed from 18,000 respondents aged ≥ 18 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Ukraine collected during the Health in Times of Transition (HITT) survey in 2010/11. Information was collected on previous voting behaviour and future voting intentions. Psychological distress was assessed with a 12-item scale. In pooled multivariable logistic regression analyses psychological distress was significantly associated with ‘never voting’ (not having voted previously or intending to vote in future) and ‘past voting only’ (having voted previously but not intending to vote in future). In stratified analyses psychological distress was linked to never voting in women and working-age adults. The significant association between psychological distress and voting was observed only in hybrid political regimes. Psychological distress is associated with a reduced likelihood of voting in FSU countries especially among women, working-age adults and those in hybrid political regimes. © 2023, The Author(s).
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DOI
10.1038/s41598-023-49071-8
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pediatrics (소아과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Shin, Jae Il(신재일) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2326-1820
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/197859
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