Engendering social capital through a leisure club for middle-aged and older women: Implications for individual and community health and well-being

Julie Son, Careen Yarnal, Deborah Kerstetter

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The purpose of this study was to examine the emergent evidence of social capital in a leisure club for middle-aged and older women. We analysed 1693 members' responses to an online query about meaningful experiences garnered through participation in the Red Hat Society®. Our analysis revealed aspects of social capital, including bonding and bridging opportunities, social support, sisterhood and civic engagement. Members had a sense of community and this community intersected within the public spheres of the larger society through mechanisms such as Society-led celebrations and volunteerism. We connect these aspects of social capital to issues of individual and community health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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