The Importance of Different Forms of Social Capital for Health

  title={The Importance of Different Forms of Social Capital for Health},
  author={S. Ferlander},
  journal={Acta Sociologica},
  pages={115 - 128}
  • S. Ferlander
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Political Science
  • Acta Sociologica
The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the concept of social capital and to distinguish its different forms, focusing on their potential effects on health. According to many scholars, social capital comprises social networks, norms of reciprocity or social support and social trust. In this article the core element, the social network, has been further distinguished by the direction of ties and levels of formality, strength and diversity. In the past few years there has been… 

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