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Study finds culture good for the health

A study by the Scottish Government has found that participating  in culture is significantly linked to good health and high life satisfaction.

It found that those who participate in culture are more likely to report good health and life satisfaction that those who do not. This remains true even when other factors such as age, economic status, income, area deprivation, education qualification, disability or long standing illness and smoking are accounted for.

Key findings show:

  • Those who attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months were almost 60 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who did not.
  • Those who participated in a creative or cultural activity in the previous 12 months were 38 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who did not.
  • Those who visited a theatre were almost 25 per cent more likely to report good health than those who did not.
  • Those who participated in dance were 62 per cent more likely to report good health than those who did not.

The study was based on data from the Scottish Household Survey 2011. 

Read the full report here.