The social capital of obese persons: implication for self-help/mutual aid groups and social work practice

Maria Luisa Raineri, Francesca Biffi

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Abstract

This study investigates the amount of social capital possessed by obese persons. This is an interesting issue for social work because the relational attitude of users and their social capital are crucial for the efficacy and sustainability of helping actions. The study found that the social capital of a sample of obese persons undergoing obesity treatment in an Italian hospital ward did not differ from that of the general Italian population and no association between the BMI of the obese patients and the characteristics of their social capital was found. Overall the social capital of the obese patients was similar to that of the general population. This can be considered a useful prerequisite for the launching of recovery projects based on the involvement and reinforcement of interpersonal relations, using the social capital of the obese people to communicate and support a course of treatment structured according to the methodology of relational social work, particularly through self-help/mutual aid groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Volume2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • obesity
  • relational social work
  • self-help/mutual aid groups
  • social capital

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