The association between social capital and mental health and behavioural problems in children and adolescents: an integrative systematic review

Kerri McPherson, Susan Kerr, Elizabeth McGee, Antony Morgan, Francine Cheater, Jennifer McLean, James Egan

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Mental health is an important component of overall health and wellbeing and crucial for a happy and meaningful life. The prevalence of mental health problems amongst children and adolescent is high; with estimates suggesting 10-20% suffer from mental health problems at any given time. These mental health problems include internalising (e.g. depression and social anxiety) and externalising behavioural problems (e.g. aggression and anti-social behaviour). Although social capital has been shown to be associated with mental health/behavioural problems in young people, attempts to consolidate the evidence in the form of a review have been limited. This integrative systematic review identified and synthesised international research findings on the role and impact of family and community social capital on mental health/behavioural problems in children and adolescents to provide a consolidated evidence base to inform future research and policy development.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Psychology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014



  • mental health
  • social capital
  • systematic review

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