Friends, relatives, sanity, and health: The costs of politics

Autoři: Kevin B. Smith aff001;  Matthew V. Hibbing aff002;  John R. Hibbing aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, United States of America aff001;  Department of Political Science, University of California-Merced, Merced, CA, United States of America aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(9)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221870


Political scientists have long known that political involvement exacts costs but they have typically defined these costs in relatively narrow, largely economic terms. Though anecdotal evidence suggests that the costs of politics may in fact extend beyond economics to frayed personal relationships, compromised emotional stability, and even physical problems, no systematic evidence on these broader costs exists. We construct and validate batteries of survey items that delineate the physical, social, and emotional costs of political engagement and administer these items to a demographically representative sample of U.S. adults. The results suggest that a large number of Americans believe their physical health has been harmed by their exposure to politics and even more report that politics has resulted in emotional costs and lost friendships.

Klíčová slova:

Adults – Behavior – Behavioral and social aspects of health – Emotions – Health economics – Mental health and psychiatry – Political aspects of health – Surveys


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