Det sociala nätverkets betydelse för politiskt deltagande bland medborgare med olika grader av psykisk ohälsa- En kvantitativ studie om psykisk ohälsa, socialt nätverk och politiskt deltagande i Sverige

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: Following the destigmatizing of mental illness, the health issue has gained increased political attention. New reports claim that mental illness is on the rise in many social groups starting at young ages. Simultaneously loneliness and lacking social networks are becoming increasingly important political issues. Previous research has discussed the consequences of physicalhealth problems on political participation. Several studies have found indications that physicalhealth problems might cause a decrease in voter turnout. Furthermore, some studies havefound that a decent social network might inhibit the negative effects of health problems onpolitical participation. This study aims to examine the effect of social networks on thepolitical participation of citizens with different degrees of mental health issues. Using aquantitative method based on regression analysis with data from the European Social Survey,the connection between mental health issues and political participation in Sweden is analyzed.Furthermore, the effect of social networks on the connection between mental health issues andpolitical participation is examined. This study finds no support for the hypothesis that mentalhealth issues cause a decrease in political participation. Moreover, social networks appear tohave no effect on the previously named connection. In order to facilitate the conducting of reliable studies on this topic, future research must focus on finding improved methods of determining the severity of mental illness within bigger populations.

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