Algirdas Juozulynas, Rasa Savičiūtė, Antanas Jurgelėnas, Vaineta Valeikienė, Rimantas Stukas


Social health is well-being of society and individuals, or it can be understood as a social power of nascent relationship between people, which condition determined by the intensity of the relationship. Social health is not an isolated phenomenon. Together with other social and cultural phenomena it creates social capital. The aim of this study in the context of social capital was to explore subjectively assessed status of social health, relation to age and sex. 1223 respondents were surveyed, including 346 men, 877 women, 973 urban and 250 rural residents. The sample was random and probabilistic. The data were obtained using the adapted WHO questionnaire of social health. The results was analysed using the integral scale of 0 – 100 scale. Significance average of 55, 8 points of social health was found. The average and weak condition was dominated in all age groups. Men’s social health was statistically significantly better than women’s. The study showed a fairly high level of alienation. In the age of group from 18 to 29, it reached 52 percent. The changes of social health in different age groups showed that by the age of 30 years there is tendency to improve, and after 60 years – a tendency to deteriorate. Apparently this is related with the transformation of social capital which this age is the most sensitive.

Article in Lithuanian

Keyword(s): social health; social capital; age
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2013.041
Full TextPDF