Time Banking and Health: The Role of a Community Currency Organization in Enhancing Well-Being

  title={Time Banking and Health: The Role of a Community Currency Organization in Enhancing Well-Being},
  author={Judith N Lasker and Ed Collom and Tara Bealer and Erin Niclaus and Jessica Young Keefe and Zane Kratzer and Lauren L. Baldasari and Ethan Kramer and Rachel Mandeville and Julia Duarte Schulman and Danielle Suchow and Abby S Letcher and Anne Rogers and Kathy Perlow},
  journal={Health Promotion Practice},
  pages={102 - 115}
Time banking is an international movement that seeks to transform traditional asymmetric social service models into social networks in which members both provide and receive services that are assigned equal value. Time banks have been shown to enhance social capital, and there is some evidence for improved health. This article, based on a survey of 160 members of a hospital-affiliated time bank, examines the likelihood and predictors of improvement in physical and mental health as a result of… Expand
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