Back to top

Health Policy Research Bulletin 2006--Social Capital and Health: Maximizing the Benefits

This issue of the Health Policy Research Bulletin (Health Canada)
traces the evolution of research on the correlation between social
relations and health and discusses the impacts of the social capital
concept; highlights different approaches for defining social capital,
including the "network" approach that gained consensus among federal
departments, and presents an analytical model for measuring the
relationship between social capital and health; describes how this
model was used to analyze the 2003 General Social Survey (GSS) on
Social Engagement and presents the results for the Canadian population
as a whole and for selected subpopulations; examines key policy and
program areas where social capital is already playing a role and
explores the impacts of recent research.

Read it online at