The Measurement of Community Social Capital Through Surveys

  • Trudy Harpham


This chapter is about quantitative surveys of social capital within general community-based health surveys. It assumes that the investigation of social capital is only part of a larger survey that includes, at the least, additional questions on health-related outcomes, attitudes or behaviour. It therefore focuses on key issues that should be addressed when designing social capital measures but acknowledges that such measures need to be limited in order to be kept in proportion to the overall survey. It aims for a minimalist but theoretically strong approach.


Social Capital Collective Efficacy European Social Survey Informal Social Control Community Social Capital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trudy Harpham
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  1. 1.London South Bank UniversityLondonU.K.

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