September 18, 2015 – Perceptions of Health Don’t Translate Country to Country
How healthy do you feel? Where you are from may determine your answer.
How individual feels about their overall health can be influenced by a number of factors such as income, marital status, gender and the presence of chronic illnesses, but a University of Michigan study shows that how much these factors impact perceptions of health is not universal.
“In most countries, the poor, those who are single, and women feel less healthy than others. However, the reason may or may not be because they are more ill, depending on the country,” says Dr. Shervin Assari of the U-M Department of Psychiatry and the School of Public Health Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health.