Social capital is a relatively recent concept encompassing social support, social networks and social cohesion. Social capital is reliant on participation of more than one person and allows for individuals (actors) to access resources which they would not otherwise be able to access if acting independently. Social capital can be used to improve a person or community’s quality of life, including improved health and wellbeing.
Hep C treatment is available to most people in prison but few inmates access treatment. This research will try to determine the ways in which social capital may influence an inmate’s decision to access hep C treatment and link social capital with changes in health-related quality of life following hep C treatment. By increasing the number of people who undergo hep C treatment, we can reduce the number of people who are infected with the virus
This study has three aims:
1. To define social capital in prison and identify any commonalities or differences which may exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates.
2. To identify the social capital indicators of male inmates in custody in NSW who access hep C treatment.
3. To determine if there are any correlations between social capital and health-related quality of life.