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Social capital refers to the social networks and structural and environmental factors that affect the ability of individuals to succeed. Higher social capital helps to build bridges, reduce barriers, and provide leverage to upward mobility. Many fathers affected by intergenerational poverty, incarceration, and other socioeconomic challenges lack the social capital to escape cycles of crises. Often, these fathers are isolated in adverse environments and trapped in unhealthy interpersonal relationships. Program activities to improve the socioeconomic situations of these fathers must focus on opening new pathways of opportunities and relationships. In short, the programs must improve fathers’ social capital.
In this session, presenters will discuss what social capital is and how it relates to socioeconomic outcomes. They will describe various barriers associated with low social capital and share promising models of how to increase fathers’ and families’ social capital and strengthen their resiliency.
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