The Relationship Between Perceptions of Insecurity, Social Capital, and Subjective Well-Being: Empirical Evidences from Areas of Rural Conflict in Colombia

  • Eduardo Wills-Herrera
  • Luz E. Orozco
  • Clemente Forero-Pineda
  • Oscar Pardo
  • Venetta Andonova
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 46)


Subjective well-being (SWB), the evaluation that people carry out of their lives, has been proposed as an alternative measure of tracking the development of communities instead of economic growth. As part of a more general research question, in which we tested the impact of subjective insecurity on the choice of hybrid organizational modes, we hypothesized that subjective insecurity does negatively correlate with SWB and that subjective and objective insecurities are not significantly correlated. Subjective insecurity consisted of three items: perceptions of political, economic, and communitarian insecurity. We proposed that the relationship between insecurity and SWB is moderated by the level of social capital found in the region. Social capital was defined as interpersonal trust as well as the frequency of participation of producers in voluntary associations. We used multiple and multilevel regression models to test the hypotheses. Based on a survey of 742 rural producers in five conflicted areas, we found that the perceptions of insecurity do correlate significantly (negatively) with levels of SWB and we also found a significant contribution of social capital to levels of SWB. Significant correlations between demographic variables and SWB corroborated results of previous research. These results have important implications for public policy and future research.


Social Capital Subjective Perception Voluntary Association Violent Event Human Security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Wills-Herrera
    • 1
  • Luz E. Orozco
    • 1
  • Clemente Forero-Pineda
    • 1
  • Oscar Pardo
    • 1
  • Venetta Andonova
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColombia

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