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 9: Social capital and types of illness: where is it most effective?

M. Kamrul Islam, Sherman Folland and Oddvar Martin Kaarbøe

Abstract

This chapter looks at the relationship of social capital with a variety of illnesses. It compares samples from the US and Norway that suggest a strong connection between the stress-reduction effects of social capital and the incidence among the 18 various diseases studied. Even diseases like asthma have a stress component that is negatively correlated with social capital.

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