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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2004): Mental Health Services - Overseas

MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL CAPITAL IN CALI, COLOMBIA

T. Harpham, E. Grant and C. Rodriguez

Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 58, 2004, p.2267-2277

The study seeks to discover whether there is a link between social capital and mental health, when taking into account an array of demographic and violence variables. Over a thousand youths in a low-income community in Cali, Colombia, were surveyed regarding their mental health and social capital. Results showed that "classic" poverty type variables (such as poor education and employment) and gender (being female) were more important in determining mental health status than social capital. In light of these findings, the paper calls for more research into the links between income inequality and mental health.

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