Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health
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Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health

Edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg

Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg present the cutting edge of research covering the ever-expanding social capital field. With excellent contributions from leading academics, the Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health offers a developed examination of new research across sociology, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and political science.
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Chapter 6: Religious and social capital and health

Ephraim Shapiro and Chen Sharony

Abstract

This chapter explains the correlation of religious practice and social capital as well as the concepts of religious capital. The remarkable benefits of religious practices are well documented here. Reduced mortality rates, better mental health, health status, and better social capital are all gains of religious practice. The authors report that social capital in American towns is primarily that which is associated with places of worship. They also define religious capital and demonstrate that it too has healthful effects.

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