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Twenty years of social capital and health research: a glossary
  1. S Moore1,
  2. I Kawachi2
  1. 1Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  2. 2Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr S Moore, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 915 Greene St. (Discovery 1), Rm. 529, USC, Columbia, SC 29208, USA; mooreds4{at}mailbox.sc.edu

Abstract

Research on social capital in public health is approaching its 20th anniversary. Over this period, there have been rich and productive debates on the definition, measurement and importance of social capital for public health research and practice. As a result, the concepts and measures characterising social capital and health research have also evolved, often drawing from research in the social, political and behavioural sciences. The multidisciplinary adaptation of social capital-related concepts to study health has made it challenging for researchers to reach consensus on a common theoretical approach. This glossary thus aims to provide a general overview without recommending any particular approach. Based on our knowledge and research on social capital and health, we have selected key concepts and terms that have gained prominence over the last decade and complement an earlier glossary on social capital and health.

  • SOCIAL CAPITAL
  • SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
  • SOCIAL INEQUALITIES

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Footnotes

  • Contributors SM and IK both contributed to the conceptualisation, writing and editing of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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