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Title: The role of social capital in reducing negative health outcomes among police officers
Authors: Gachter, Martin
Savage, David A.
Torgler, Benno
Keywords: Health and social capital
Negative health outcomes
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Uludağ Üniversitesi
Citation: Gachter, M. vd. (2010). "The role of social capital in reducing negative health outcomes among police officers". International Journal of Social Inquiry, 3(1), 141-161.
Abstract: This paper investigates the role of social capital on the reduction of short and long run negative health effects associated with stress, as well as indicators of burnout among police officers. Despite the large volume of research on either social capital or the health effects of stress, the interaction of these factors remains an underexplored topic. In this empirical analysis we aim to reduce such a shortcoming focusing on a highly stressful and emotionally draining work environment, namely law enforcement agents who perform as an essential part of maintaining modern society. Using a multivariate regression analysis focusing on three different proxies of health and three proxies for social capital conducting also several robustness checks, we find strong evidence that increased levels of social capital is highly correlated with better health outcomes. Additionally we observe that while social capital at work is very important, social capital in the home environment and work-life balance are even more important. From a policy perspective, our findings suggest that work and stress programs should actively encourage employees to build stronger social networks as well as incorporate better working/home life arrangements.
ISSN: 1307-8364
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