Social Capital as a Health Resource in Later Life: The Relevance of Context

  • Fredrica Nyqvist
  • Anna K. Forsman

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fredrica Nyqvist, Anna K. Forsman
    Pages 1-11
  3. Social capital and health as a resource for the individual

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Sharon Shiovitz-Ezra, Howard Litwin
      Pages 15-31
    3. Tal Spalter, Ariela Lowenstein, Noah Lewin-Epstein
      Pages 33-49
    4. Johanna Muckenhuber, Nathalie Burkert, Franziska Großschädl, Éva Rasky
      Pages 51-64
  4. Social Capital and Health in the Neighbourhood Context

  5. Social Capital and Health in Various Countries

  6. Implications and Recommendations for Research and Practice

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-267

About this book


This book examines the social aspects of healthy ageing for older individuals. It features more than 15 papers that explore the relevance of the social environment for health on the micro, meso, and macro level. Overall, the book applies a comprehensive contextual approach that includes discussion of how family and friends, neighborhoods, nations, and welfare regimes influence health.

The book first explores the issue on the individual level. It looks at the importance of social capital for health among older people, examines types of social networks and health among older Americans, as well as discusses dynamic social capital and mental health in late life.

Next, the book looks at the issue through a neighborhood and societal context, which takes into account day-to-day interaction in the immediate environment as well as the social, health, and economic policies in place in different regions in the world, including America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

From there, the book goes on to offer implications and recommendations for research and practice, including the management of related concepts of research on well-being and health. It also offers a psychosocial approach to promoting social capital and mental health among older adults.

This book provides health professionals as well as researchers and students in gerontology, sociology, social policy, psychology, and social work with vital insights into the social factors that increase healthy life years and promote well-being.


Active and healthy ageing Health promotion among older people Social capital and health and well-being public health and population ageing social capital and health resources social factors influencing health

Editors and affiliations

  • Fredrica Nyqvist
    • 1
  • Anna K. Forsman
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Study Programme in Social Sciences, Social PolicyÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland
  2. 2.Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Study Programme in Social Sciences, Developmental PsychologyÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9614-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9615-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-585X
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