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Psychological distress and voting behaviour in nine countries of the former Soviet Union
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change). National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan; Kyoto University, Japan.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1260-2223
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan.
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Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change). National Institute for Health Development, Estonia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4453-4760
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2023 (English)In: Scientific Reports, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 22709Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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. 

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Springer Nature, 2023. Vol. 13, no 1, article id 22709
Keywords [en]
adult, aged, Armenia, article, Azerbaijan, Belarus, controlled study, emotional stress, female, female worker, human, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, major clinical study, male, mental health, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine, USSR
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52969DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-49071-8ISI: 001131708100011PubMedID: 38123608Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85180218841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-52969DiVA, id: diva2:1823820
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