"Russia's population health: factors and characteristics in the 1990's (by Inna Nazarova)
determines basic factors influencing Russia's inhabitants' health during the recent
changes. Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey data for 1994-2000 serve as a main
source of the paper. Physical and emotional health seems to depend largely on such
key demographic features as age, sex, and residence. Ethnic Slavs tend to assess
their health below averages, as do individuals living for over 5 years in poor households.
People with higher education have better chances to retain their emotional health.
Poverty for over 5 years and at least one year
of unemployment have negative impact on men's state of mind. Smoking for over three
years, lack of sleep, and physical passivity are clearly harmful for health, while
believers tend to assess their physical health higher then unbelievers do.