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Title: The mediation effect of political interest on the connection between social trust and wellbeing among older adults
Authors: Piumatti, Giovanni
Magistro, Daniele
Zecca, Massimiliano
Esliger, Dale W.
Keywords: Trust in people
Trust in institutions
Political interest
Life satisfaction
Self-perceived health
Late life
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Cambridge University Press
Citation: PIUMATTI, G. ... et al, 2017. The mediation effect of political interest on the connection between social trust and wellbeing among older adults. Ageing and Society, doi:10.1017/S0144686X1700071X.
Abstract: Previous research has established significant positive associations between social trust and wellbeing among older adults. This study aimed to obtain a deeper understanding of the relationship between different sources of social trust and wellbeing by examining the mediational role of political interest. A sample of 4,406 Italian residents aged 65 years and over was extracted from a national cross-sectional survey during 2013 in Italy, representative of the non-institutionalised population. Measures included trust in people, trust in institutions, political interest, life satisfaction and self-perceived health. Mediation path analysis and structural equation modelling were used to test the mediation effects of political interest on the relationship between trust in people and trust in institutions with life satisfaction and self-perceived health. Associations between trust in people, life satisfaction and self-perceived health, and between trust in institutions and life satisfaction were partially mediated by political interest, while the association between trust in institutions and self-perceived health was fully mediated by political interest. Having high levels of political interest may thus enhance the relationship between social trust and wellbeing among older adults. These results suggest that interventions to enhance wellbeing in older adults may benefit from examining individuals’ levels of political interest.
Description: This article has been published in a revised form in Ageing and Society http://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X1700071X. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X1700071X
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25969
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X1700071X
ISSN: 0144-686X
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