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Social Capital in the Workplace and Health Disruptions: A Cross-National Investigation

WithSTEVE MCDONALD, FEINIAN CHEN, MARTHA CROWLEY

The work context constitutes an important aspect of an adult’s social life. Accordingly, social relationships formed at workplaces comprise an essential dimension of social ties that individuals have with one another. A compelling body of research evidence suggests that job characteristics and work conditions infl uence health behaviors and health outcomes. At the same time, a substantial amount of research evidence has accumulated to indicate that social capital or social relationships are linked with health and well-being. Nonetheless, we know very little of whether social capital plays any role in mediating the relationship between work environment and health. Indeed, social capital is often considered a determinant of employment opportunities, rather than an intervening mechanism between work and health.