Investing in Community Participation to Receive Social Support

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-123
Journal / PublicationJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


According to the investment theory of social capital, the investment of valuable resources in social activity leads to the reception of social support. This theory is applied in examining the contribution of community participation to expected social capital. A survey of 1,523 mothers in low-income neighborhoods of Hong Kong, China, suggests that community participation was not generally conducive to expected social support. However, community participation tended to contribute to expected social support when coupled with family resources such as the employment and income of the mother and her partner. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Research Area(s)

  • community participation, Family resources, low-income neighborhood, social capital, social support