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Exploring Dimensions of Social Capital in Scotland Findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey and Scottish Household Survey

Exploring Dimensions of Social Capital in Scotland Findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey and Scottish Household Survey

Monday, October 29, 2012

ISBN: 9781782560951

The report explores whether different groups in society experience different levels of social capital. It draws on data from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey (SSA) 2009 and the Scottish Household Survey 2010.

Executive Summary

Overall the findings show that social capital varies significantly across different socio-economic and demographic groups and that three key factors are associated with different levels of social capital across at least four of ONS's five dimensions. These include people living in rural areas (particularly remote rural areas) who tended to have higher levels of social capital compared with those in large urban areas, those living in the most deprived areas who had lower levels of social capital than those in the least deprived areas, and people educated to degree level who generally had higher levels of social capital in comparison with those who had no educational qualifications.