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The Effects of Social Capital on the Elderly’s Mortality Rates

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2015, 11(6), pp.137-152
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Kim SANG-WEON 1

1동의대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Based on recent sociological and political literature on social capital theory, this study tested the hypotheses that areas with higher levels of social capital and state support will have old people’s lower mortality rates. Korea is an Aging Society with the elderly’s high mortality rates. Although its overall mortality rates are relatively high among the OECD members, the elderly’s mortality rates vary widely in regions. Similarly, the level of social capital provided by local government varies throughout Korea due to the level of financial condition. Using data from Korean regions(n=229) and controlling for other structural variables, Ordinary Least Squares(OLS) regression was employed to estimates the effects of social capital on the elderly’s regional mortality rates. As expected, the results provided some partial support for direct effects of social capital and(or) social support on the elderly’s mortality rates. The findings showed that regions exhibiting high level of social support or social capital were regions with lower level of the elderly’s mortality rates. The findings are discussed in the sociocultural contexts of Korean regional specific circumstances and of the meaning of recent research of social capital and the elderly’s mortality.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.