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There is increasing evidence, mostly at the ecological level, that voting patterns affect health.1–4 Poor political participation harms health, and poor health hampers political participation.1–4 Unlike previous work, this study analyses the effect of individual life course socioeconomic position (SEP) and voting abstention (as an indicator of political participation) on self-reported individual health.
Methods and results
Using data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) of a cohort born in a single week in Britain in March 1958, the outcome variable was defined as self-reported fair/poor general health (reference: excellent/good) in 1981, 1991, 2000 and 2004.5 Voting abstention was a binary measure of whether respondents participated (0) …
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