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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214249/perceived-neighborhood-social-cohesion-and-preventive-healthcare-use
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Eric S Kim, Ichiro Kawachi
INTRODUCTION: Neighborhood social cohesion has been linked with better health and health behaviors, but its association with patterns of preventive healthcare use remains understudied. The hypothesis was that people with higher perceived neighborhood social cohesion would display increased use of preventive healthcare services. METHODS: Participants (N=7,168) were drawn from the 2006 wave of the Health and Retirement Study-a prospective and nationally representative panel study of American adults aged >50 years-and tracked for one wave (2 years)...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208598/neighborhood-environment-and-falls-among-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Emily Joy Nicklett, Matthew C Lohman, Matthew Lee Smith
Background: Falls present a major challenge to active aging, but the relationship between neighborhood factors and falls is poorly understood. This study examined the relationship between fall events and neighborhood factors, including neighborhood social cohesion (sense of belonging, trust, friendliness, and helpfulness) and physical environment (vandalism/graffiti, rubbish, vacant/deserted houses, and perceived safety walking home at night). Methods: Data were analyzed from 9259 participants over four biennial waves (2006-2012) of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of adults aged 65 and older in the United States...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202158/conservative-protestantism-and-attitudes-toward-corporal-punishment-1986-2014
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John P Hoffmann, Christopher G Ellison, John P Bartkowski
Research indicates that conservative Protestants are highly supportive of corporal punishment. Yet, Americans' support for this practice has waned during the past several decades. This study aggregates repeated cross-sectional data from the General Social Surveys (GSS) to consider three models that address whether attitudes toward spanking among conservative Protestants shifted relative to those of other Americans from 1986 to 2014. Although initial results reveal a growing gap between conservative Protestants and the broader American public, we find that average levels of support have remained most robust among less educated conservative Protestants, with some erosion among more highly educated conservative Protestants...
March 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188241/examination-of-the-influence-of-social-capital-on-depression-in-fragile-families
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Neil A Wilmot, Kim Nichols Dauner
BACKGROUND: While it appears that social capital has a positive effect on mental health, most studies have been cross-sectional in nature and/or employ weak measures of social capital or mental health. Even less attention has been paid to vulnerable populations, such as low-income women with children. Thus, our objective was to explore how different dimensions of social capital impact depression in this population. METHODS: We used data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, which has followed a cohort of children born in large US cities to mostly minority, unmarried parents for over 9 years...
March 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185589/synergies-strengths-and-challenges-findings-on-community-capability-from-a-systematic-health-systems-research-literature-review
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Asha S George, Kerry Scott, Vrinda Mehra, Veena Sriram
BACKGROUND: Community capability is the combined influence of a community's social systems and collective resources that can address community problems and broaden community opportunities. We frame it as consisting of three domains that together support community empowerment: what communities have; how communities act; and for whom communities act. We sought to further understand these domains through a secondary analysis of a previous systematic review on community participation in health systems interventions in low and middle income countries (LMICs)...
November 15, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169107/development-of-an-instrument-for-community-level-health-related-social-capital-among-japanese-older-people-the-jages-project
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Masashige Saito, Naoki Kondo, Jun Aida, Ichiro Kawachi, Shihoko Koyama, Toshiyuki Ojima, Katsunori Kondo
BACKGROUND: We developed and validated an instrument to measure community-level social capital based on data derived from older community dwellers in Japan. METHODS: We used cross-sectional data from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study, a nationwide survey involving 123,760 functionally independent older people nested within 702 communities (i.e., school districts). We conducted exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses on survey items to determine the items in a multi-dimensional scale to measure community social capital...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166305/associative-nature-of-event-participation-dynamics-a-network-theory-approach
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Jelena Smiljanić, Marija Mitrović Dankulov
The affiliation with various social groups can be a critical factor when it comes to quality of life of each individual, making such groups an essential element of every society. The group dynamics, longevity and effectiveness strongly depend on group's ability to attract new members and keep them engaged in group activities. It was shown that high heterogeneity of scientist's engagement in conference activities of the specific scientific community depends on the balance between the numbers of previous attendances and non-attendances and is directly related to scientist's association with that community...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163350/is-it-ethnic-fractionalization-or-social-exclusion-which-affects-social-cohesion
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Irene van Staveren, Zahid Pervaiz
The theory about missing links of economic growth often lags behind the empirical estimations of such links. A consensus has emerged that ethnic fractionalization has a negative impact on growth, also when controlled for income inequality. Often, although implicitly, the assumed channel is social cohesion. We analyse the effect of fractionalization on social cohesion with a different inequality measure, namely a social measure of inequality: the Inclusion of Minorities Index. Our results indicate that it is social exclusion, which reduces social cohesion, rather than diversity as such...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155788/-the-8220-picardie-en-forme-8221-network-federating-regional-health-enhancing-sports-resources
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Thierry Weissland, Éric Passavant, Aziz Allal, Valérie Amiard, Boris Antczak, Julie Manzo
<ce:para>Initiated by the Regional Olympic and Sports Committee and the Regional Directorate of Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion, the “Picardie en Forme” network has been working since 2011 in favour of adults of all ages, with chronic noncommunicable or similar diseases, to encourage a gradual return to reassuring and perennial regular physical activity,. A first step consisted of organizing a care pathway based on two principles: inform general practitioners so that they can encourage their patients to be physically active by referring them to the network, develop a range of local sports by accrediting certain clubs with sports instructors who have been trained in the management of this specific population...
June 8, 2016: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152725/implementing-psychosocial-distress-screening-across-a-health-system-herding-cats-or-herding-cats
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: 113 Background: With the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer 2015 Standards in hand, Penn Medicine embarked on a project to formulate an entity-wide plan for the provision of psychosocial distress screening. Identifying psychosocial distress and providing resources to meet those needs is an essential component of quality cancer care. Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center provided more than 91,000 chemotherapy treatments, 121,000 radiation treatments, and 14,000 proton therapy treatments in FY 15 in urban, suburban and rural settings with wide variations in resources...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146556/exploring-local-knowledge-and-perceptions-on-zoonoses-among-pastoralists-in-northern-and-eastern-tanzania
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Peter Ernest Mangesho, Moses Ole Neselle, Esron D Karimuribo, James E Mlangwa, Kevin Queenan, Leonard E G Mboera, Jonathan Rushton, Richard Kock, Barbara Häsler, Angwara Kiwara, Mark Rweyemamu
BACKGROUND: Zoonoses account for the most commonly reported emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is limited knowledge on how pastoral communities perceive zoonoses in relation to their livelihoods, culture and their wider ecology. This study was carried out to explore local knowledge and perceptions on zoonoses among pastoralists in Tanzania. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This study involved pastoralists in Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania and Kibaha and Bagamoyo districts in eastern Tanzania...
February 1, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142286/neighborhood-social-cohesion-as-a-mediator-of-neighborhood-conditions-on-mothers-engagement-in-physical-activity
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Paula J Yuma-Guerrero, Catherine Cubbin, Kirk von Sternberg
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine if social cohesion mediates the effects of neighborhood and household-level socioeconomic status (SES), perceptions of neighborhood safety, and access to parks on mothers' engagement in physical activity (PA). METHOD: Secondary analyses were conducted on cross-sectional data from The Geographic Research on Wellbeing (GROW) study. GROW includes survey data from a diverse sample of 2,750 California mothers. Structural equation modeling was used to test a conceptual multilevel mediation model, proposing social cohesion as a mediator of known predictors of PA...
January 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139707/suppression-of-emission-rates-improves-sonar-performance-by-flying-bats
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Amanda M Adams, Kaylee Davis, Michael Smotherman
Echolocating bats face the challenge of actively sensing their environment through their own emissions, while also hearing calls and echoes of nearby conspecifics. How bats mitigate interference is a long-standing question that has both ecological and technological implications, as biosonar systems continue to outperform man-made sonar systems in noisy, cluttered environments. We recently showed that perched bats decreased calling rates in groups, displaying a behavioral strategy resembling the back-off algorithms used in artificial communication networks to optimize information throughput at the group level...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132582/non-deployment-factors-affecting-psychological-wellbeing-in-military-personnel-literature-review
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Samantha K Brooks, Neil Greenberg
BACKGROUND: Most military mental health research focuses on the impact of deployment-related stress; less is known about how everyday work-related factors affect wellbeing. AIMS: This systematic narrative literature review aimed to identify non-deployment-related factors contributing to the wellbeing of military personnel. METHOD: Electronic literature databases were searched and the findings of relevant studies were used to explore non-deployment-related risk and resilience factors...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129754/health-endangering-everyday-settings-and-practices-in-a-rural-segregated-roma-settlement-in-slovakia-a-descriptive-summary-from-an-exploratory-longitudinal-case-study
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Andrej Belak, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Jitse P van Dijk, Sijmen A Reijneveld
BACKGROUND: Research into social root-causes of poor health within segregated Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe, i.e. research into how, why and by whom high health-endangering settings and exposures are maintained here, is lacking. The aim of this study was to assess the local setup of health-endangering everyday settings and practices over the long-term in one such community. It is the initial part of a larger longitudinal study qualitatively exploring the social root-causes of poor Roma health status through the case of a particular settlement in Slovakia...
January 28, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126116/the-resilience-of-neighborhood-social-processes-a-case-study-of-the-2011-brisbane-flood
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Rebecca Wickes, Chester Britt, Lisa Broidy
Social disorganization theories position neighborhood social capital and collective efficacy as key social processes that should facilitate community resilience in the aftermath of disaster. Yet limited evidence demonstrates that these social processes are themselves resilient with some studies showing that disaster can fracture even once cohesive neighborhoods. In this paper we assess the stability of neighborhood level collective efficacy and social capital before and after a disaster. We use multilevel structural equation modeling and draw on census and longitudinal survey data collected from over 4000 residents living in 148 neighborhoods in Brisbane, Australia before and after a significant flood event...
February 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126104/does-social-diversity-impede-sound-economic-management-an-empirical-analysis-1980-2012
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Indra de Soysa, Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati
Several celebrated scholars argue that diverse preferences and coordination failure due to ethnic and cultural diversity hamper the social cohesion necessary for good economic management, leading to development failure. Using several measures of diversity, we find that higher levels of ethno-linguistic and cultural fractionalization are conditioned positively on higher economic growth by an index of economic freedom, which is often heralded as a good measure of sound economic management. High diversity in turn is associated with higher levels of economic freedom...
February 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118745/using-social-network-analysis-as-a-method-to-assess-and-strengthen-participation-in-health-promotion-programs-in-vulnerable-areas
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Anette Lykke Hindhede, Jens Aagaard-Hansen
This article provides an example of the application of social network analysis method to assess community participation thereby strengthening planning and implementation of health promotion programming. Community health promotion often takes the form of services that reach out to or are located within communities. The concept of community reflects the idea that people's behavior and well-being are influenced by interaction with others, and here, health promotion requires participation and local leadership to facilitate transmission and uptake of interventions for the overall community to achieve social change...
January 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116587/preparing-for-disaster-a-cross-sectional-study-of-social-connection-and-gun-violence
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Carley Riley, Brita Roy, Nurit Harari, Anita Vashi, Pina Violano, Ann Greene, Georgina Lucas, Jerry Smart, Teresa Hines, Stacy Spell, Sharon Taylor, Barbara Tinney, Maurice Williams, Emily A Wang
Living in communities with persistent gun violence is associated with negative social, behavioral, and health outcomes, analogous to those of a natural disaster. Taking a disaster-preparedness approach may identify targets for community-based action to respond to on-going gun violence. We assessed the relevance of adapting a disaster-preparedness approach to gun violence and, specifically, the relationship between perceived collective efficacy, its subscales of social cohesion and informal social control, and exposure to gun violence...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115912/predictors-of-burnout-work-engagement-and-nurse-reported-job-outcomes-and-quality-of-care-a-mixed-method-study
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Peter Van Bogaert, Lieve Peremans, Danny Van Heusden, Martijn Verspuy, Veronika Kureckova, Zoë Van de Cruys, Erik Franck
BACKGROUND: High levels of work-related stress, burnout, job dissatisfaction, and poor health are common within the nursing profession. A comprehensive understanding of nurses' psychosocial work environment is necessary to respond to complex patients' needs. The aims of this study were threefold: (1) To retest and confirm two structural equation models exploring associations between practice environment and work characteristics as predictors of burnout (model 1) and engagement (model 2) as well as nurse-reported job outcome and quality of care; (2) To study staff nurses' and nurse managers' perceptions and experiences of staff nurses' workload; (3) To explain and interpret the two models by using the qualitative study findings...
2017: BMC Nursing
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