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Individual social capital, neighbourhood deprivation, and self-rated health in England

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  • Verhaeghe, Pieter-Paul
  • Tampubolon, Gindo

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Individual social capital is increasingly considered to be an important determinant of an individual's health. This study examines the extent to which individual social capital is associated with self-rated health and the extent to which individual social capital mediates t.he relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and self-rated health in an English sample. Individual social capital was conceptualized and operationalized in both the social cohesion- and network resource tradition, using measures of generalized trust, social participation and social network resources. Network resources were measured with the position generator. Multilevel analyses were applied to wave 2 and 3 of the Taking Part Surveys of England, which consist of face-to-face interviews among the adult population in England (Ni = 25,366 respondents, Nj = 12,388 neighbourhoods). The results indicate that generalized trust, participation with friends and relatives and having network members from the salariat class are positively associated with self-rated health. Having network members from the working class is, however, negatively related to self-rated health. Moreover, these social capital elements are partly mediating the negative relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and self-rated health.

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Volume (Year): 75 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 349-357

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Keywords: Deprivation; England; Neighbourhoods; Position generator; Self-rated health; Social capital; Social networks; UK;

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Cited by:
  1. Julia Hauberer & Alexander Tatarko, 2014. "Network Composition, Individual Social Capital And Culture: Comparing Traditional And Post-Modernized Ethnic Groups," HSE Working papers WP BRP 38/SOC/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
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  3. Alexander Tatarko, 2013. "Is individual social capital linked to the implementation of entrepreneurial intentions?," HSE Working papers WP BRP 25/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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