Social support, volunteering and health around the world: cross-national evidence from 139 countries.

@article{Kumar2012SocialSV,
  title={Social support, volunteering and health around the world: cross-national evidence from 139 countries.},
  author={Santosh Kumar and Roc{\'i}o Calvo and Mauricio Avendano and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan and Lisa F. Berkman},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={74 5},
  pages={696-706}
}
High levels of social capital and social integration are associated with self-rated health in many developed countries. However, it is not known whether this association extends to non-western and less economically advanced countries. We examine associations between social support, volunteering, and self-rated health in 139 low-, middle- and high-income countries. Data come from the Gallup World Poll, an internationally comparable survey conducted yearly from 2005 to 2009 for those 15 and over… CONTINUE READING