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Measure: Social Capital   #181500


This measure identifies a person’s ability to connect to other types of individuals in life and society. Assessing a person’s connectedness to others who hold specific resources (e.g., skills, knowledge, prestige, and authority) is considered a standard way to measure the kind of social capital that individuals can access for routine and unusual circumstances or needs. The Position Generator identifies these social network resources, which are considered social capital.


An individual’s social capital has been shown to influence physical and mental health/illness as well as a person’s overall well-being and quality of life. In addition, social capital is thought to have a broad range of effects on individual behavior (e.g., decision making; ability to get help when needed) and circumstances (e.g., socioeconomic status).


Essential Measures

Current Age
Related Measures

Social Isolation
Social Networks



Psychosocial, social resources, occupation, relationship, job prestige, U.S. Social Capital Survey, Standard International Occupational Prestige Scale, SIOPS

Measure Release Date: February 4, 2010

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