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Mental Health as a Social Mirror: Regime Impact on SES Differences in Sense of Control

Mon, August 13, 8:30 to 10:10am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Floor: Level 4, 412


This paper seeks to demonstrate how sense of control is both structurally determined and can act as an indicator of societal well-being. In contrast to common cross-national indictors of well-being such as happiness or life satisfaction, sense of control is argued to be a more reliable and stable concept a multitude of status differences which makes it an optimal comparative indicator. The paper finds that sense of control is a more sensitive indicator to class differences across autocracies, hybrid regimes, and democracies compared to happiness. Further, it demonstrates that sense of control is indeed structurally determined by the institutional qualities of the three regime types.


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