Social Capital, Mental Health and Well-Being among Marginalized Communities

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Assessments".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2024 | Viewed by 150

Special Issue Editors

Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1, Canada
Interests: global health; health inequality; urbanization; community health programs
Dr. Josephine Etowa
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Guest Editor
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1, Canada
Interests: health outcomes; community health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In today's interconnected world, the concept of social capital is gaining increasing attention in understanding the dynamics of health and quality of life outcomes, among many others. Social capital refers to the networks, norms, and trust within a community that facilitate cooperation and collaboration among individuals and groups. Individuals with strong social networks often enjoy better physical health outcomes, experience higher levels of subjective well-being, and have greater access to resources and support systems when facing challenges. However, social capital can also contribute to social marginalization when networks and norms exclude certain groups or individuals.

To this regard, we are pleased to announce a Special Issue on "Social Capital, Mental Health and Well-Being among Marginalized Communities". We invite original and review studies that examine the role of living environments, social networks, social support, and social cohesion in promoting mental health and well-being. By bringing attention to this important topic, we hope to promote the development of effective interventions and programs that can improve mental health and well-being for all. 

The Special Issue aims to explore the relationship between social capital and mental health outcomes among marginalized groups, e.g., those living in low-income neighbourhoods, ethnic and racial minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, refugees, etc.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Bishwajit Ghose
Dr. Josephine Etowa
Guest Editors

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  • social capital
  • social networks
  • social support
  • mental health
  • well-being
  • marginalized communities

Published Papers

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