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Karhina, K., Eriksson, M., Ghazinour, M. & Ng, N. (2019). What determines gender inequalities in social capital in Ukraine?. SSM - Population Health, 8, Article ID 100383.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What determines gender inequalities in social capital in Ukraine?
2019 (English)In: SSM - Population Health, ISSN 2352-8273, Vol. 8, article id 100383Article in journal (Other academic) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]


Social capital is a social determinant of health that has an impact on equity and well-being. It may be unequally distributed among any population. The aims of this study are to investigate the distribution of different forms of social capital between men and women in Ukraine and analyse how potential gender inequalities in social capital might be explained and understood in the Ukrainian context.


The national representative cross-sectional data from the European Social Survey (wave 6) was used with a sample of 1377 women and 797 men. Seven outcomes that represent cognitive and structural social capital were constructed i.e. institutional trust, generalised trust, reciprocity, safety, as well as bonding, bridging and linking forms. Multivariate logistic regression and post-regression Fairlies decompositions were used for the analyses.


There are several findings that resulted from the analyses i), access to institutional trust, linking and bridging social capital is very limited; ii), the odds for almost all forms of social capital (besides safety) are lower for men; iii), feeling about income and age explain most of the gender differences and act positively, as well as offsetting the differences.


Social capital is unequally distributed between different population groups. Some forms of social capital have a stronger buffering effect on women than on men in Ukraine. Reducing gender and income inequalities would probably influence the distribution of social capital within the society.

social capital, Ukraine, gender, inequality
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Social Sciences
Research subject
Public health
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159716 (URN)10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100383 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-06-04 Created: 2019-06-04 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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