Social capital and self help groups:new directions in welfare policies

Fabio Folgheraiter, Annalisa Pasini

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The paper discusses a national survey on social capital arising from self‐help/mutual‐help groups operating in the field of alcohol‐related problems and affiliated to a large umbrella organization—well known in the Italian welfare system. Comparison between subjects just beginning the group therapy process and those with long‐term participation in self‐help groups shows significant differences in many aspects of social capital: participation in the local community; proactivity in the social context; family, friends and neighbourhood connections; tolerance of diversity; value placed on life; and work connections. In general, people with long‐term experience of self‐help groups seem to achieve better scores in social capital than do younger participants, and compared with a significant sample of the Italian (general) population as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-267
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work Education
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Alcohol Addicted People
  • Auto-aiuto
  • Capitale sociale
  • Dipendenza da alcool
  • Gruppi di mutuo-aiuto
  • Mutual-help Groups
  • Self-help
  • Social capital


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