Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 5, 2018, No. 2

Social determinants of self-rated health of the population in Bulgaria. Results of European Social Survey

Elitsa Dimitrova

Abstract. This study aims to analyse at individual level the social determinants of the self-rated health of the Bulgarian population. The author has drawn on data from the European Social Survey conducted in Bulgaria in 2010. A theoretical overview of the basic concepts related to subjective rating of health status is provided. Descriptive analysis, and a logistic regression model of the impact of various factors on self-rated health are presented. The results of the analysis show that women rate themselves on health lower than men do. The older the respondent, the lower his/her self-rating is. Respondents of Bulgarian ethnic background, and those with a higher education level, rate themselves higher than those of non-Bulgarian ethnic background and with a lower education. Persons with higher household incomes are less likely to rate their health as bad or very bad.

Keywords: self-rated health, social determinants, social differences, European Social Survey