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Author (up) Grav, S.; Romild, U.; Hellzen, O.; Stordal, E. url  doi
  Title Association of personality, neighbourhood, and civic participation with the level of perceived social support: the HUNT study, a cross-sectional survey Type Journal Article
  Year 2013 Publication Scandinavian Journal of Public Health Abbreviated Journal Scand J Public Health  
  Volume 41 Issue 6 Pages 579-586  
  Keywords Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Consumer Participation/*statistics & numerical data; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; *Personality; Questionnaires; *Residence Characteristics; *Sense of Coherence; *Social Support; Young Adult; Perceived social support; civic participation and gender; extroversion; general population survey; neuroticism; sense of community  
  Abstract AIM: The aim of the current study was to examine the association of personality, neighbourhood, and civic participation with the level of perceived social support if needed. METHODS: The sample consists of a total of 35,797 men (16,035) and women (19,762) drawn from the Nord-Trondelag Health Study 3 (HUNT3), aged 20-89, with a fully completed short version of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) including a complete response to questions regarding perceived social support. A multinomial logistic regression model was used to investigate the association between the three-category outcomes (high, medium, and low) of perceived social support. RESULTS: The Chi-square test detected a significant (p < 0.001) association between personality, sense of community, civic participation, self-rated health, living arrangement, age groups, gender, and perceived social support, except between perceived social support and loss of social network, in which no significance was found. The crude and adjusted multinomial logistic regression models show a relation between medium and low scores on perceived social support, personality, and sources of social support. Interactions were observed between gender and self-rated health. CONCLUSIONS: There is an association between the level of perceived social support and personality, sense of community in the neighbourhood, and civic participation. Even if the interaction between men and self-reported health decreases the odds for low and medium social support, health professionals should be aware of men with poor health and their lack of social support.  
  Address Department of Health Science, Nord-Trondelag University College, Namsos, Norway. siv.grav@hint.no  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 1403-4948 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:23640173 Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ Serial 1451  
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