Culture and Health

Visiting the cinema, concerts, museums or art exhibitions as determinant of survival: A Swedish fourteen-year cohort follow-up

A randomly selected cohort of 10,609 individuals aged between 25 and 74 were interviewed in 1982 and 1983 regarding their lifestyles; the independent variables covered visiting cultural institutions and attendance at cultural events, reading books or periodicals, and music making. The background covariates that were used for control purposes were age, sex, cash buffer, educational standard, long-term disease, smoking, and physical exercise and participants were followed for 14 years until December 31, 1996. The study showed an increased risk of mortality for persons with a lower cultural participation. The study can be accessed via payment.