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dc.contributor.authorLafferty, L.
dc.contributor.authorTreloar, C.
dc.contributor.authorButler, Tony
dc.contributor.authorGuthrie, J.
dc.contributor.authorChambers, G.
dc.identifier.citationLafferty, L. and Treloar, C. and Butler, T. and Guthrie, J. and Chambers, G. 2016. Unlocking dimensions of social capital in the prison setting. Health and Justice. 4 (1).

© 2016, The Author(s).Background: Social capital has been shown to be a valuable resource for improving health outcomes. However, it has received little attention in the prison setting. Dimensions of social capital in mainstream society are likely to function differently among inmates in prison. This study seeks to identify and understand social capital dimensions among incarcerated men living with hepatitis C. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted across three correctional centres in New South Wales with 30 male inmates living with hepatitis C. Interviews were transcribed then thematically coded and analysed. Results: There were differences in the access and utility of social capital dimensions in prison focusing specifically on trust and safety, informal and formal networks, agency, and civic engagement. Conclusions: Dimensions of social capital do not necessarily translate into prison. An inmate’s social capital may foster greater treatment uptake relating to health and rehabilitative programs during their incarceration.

dc.titleUnlocking dimensions of social capital in the prison setting
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleHealth and Justice
curtin.departmentNational Drug Research Institute (NDRI)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access via publisher

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