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Resource Name:Measuring Social Capital within Health Surveys: Key Issues
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Resource Type:Article
Short Desc:By T. Harpham et al. Abstract: With growing recognition of the social determinants of health, social capital is an increasingly important concept in international health research. Although there is relatively little experience of measuring social capital, particularly in developing countries, there are now a number of studies that allow the identification of some key issues that need to be considered when measuring social capital. After summarizing key definitions and the rise of interest in the link between sicuak capital and health, measurements used in key studies of social capital and health are presented. Some important issues are then considered in obtaining a sufficiently comprehensive measure which empirically captures the latest theoretical developments in the field (particularly the concepts of congnitive, structural bonding and bridging social capital); moving from the individual to the ecological level; consideration of confounding factors and validity and reliability.
Resource Date:01-Jan-02
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