By Antony Morgan and Catherine SwannThe authors investigate the relevance of the concept of social capital to health development. The definition of social capital includes facets such as sociability, social networks, trust, reciprocity, and community and civic engagement. The fundamental principle behind the concept is that social capital is constituted by the extent to which people are embedded within their family relationships, social networks and communities, and have a sense of belonging and civic identity. The authors explore ways of measuring social capital and probe the links with health across a range of population groups. Their findings provide more clarity to policy makers and practitioners on how social capital can contribute to the current inequalities agenda.
Published by the Health Development Agency. http://www.hda.nhs.uk/Documents/socialcapitalhealth_issues.pdf