Impact of Social Capital on the Psychological Well-Being of Adolescents

  •  Ayano Yamaguchi    


This study examines the impact of social capital and individual/family characteristics on the psychological
well-being of 12- to 17-year-old adolescents in the United States. The data were provided by the National Survey
of America’s Families (NSAF). In order to examine the abovementioned effects, social capital as well as
individual/family characteristics are included using ordinary least squares (OLS) regression models. The findings
are important since empirical validation of the theoretical relationship between social capital and
individual/family characteristics, as well as the psychological well-being of adolescents, is not found in the
literature. The concept of social capital in the literature is only elaborated as having three distinct dimensions
(bonding, bridging, and linking), which suggests that further research using measurement models should focus
on these dimensions in order to explore whether a more precise relationship can be discovered.

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