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Does social capital always raise life satisfaction? A comparison of South Korea and Taiwan

Title
Does social capital always raise life satisfaction? A comparison of South Korea and Taiwan
Authors
Woo M.Kim S.
Ewha Authors
김성훈
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
International Journal of Social Welfare
ISSN
1369-6866JCR Link
Citation
International Journal of Social Welfare vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 121 - 131
Keywords
Asialife satisfactionsocial capitalsocial connectionSouth Koreasupport networkTaiwantrust
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This study examined the relationship between social capital and life satisfaction in an Asian context, focusing on South Korea and Taiwan. We considered two components of social capital – networks and trust – and argue that the ability of social capital to increase life satisfaction depends on the context. Using the national Life and Society survey data from South Korea (N = 978) and Taiwan (N = 1,200), our analysis found that, when several control variables, such as subjective social status, self-reported health condition, sex and belief in individualism, were considered, social capital was positively related to life satisfaction in Taiwan, while there was no significant association between social capital and life satisfaction in South Korea. The South Korean case revealed that social capital is not a good predictor of life satisfaction in a context in which being successful is overwhelmingly emphasised. © 2017 The Author(s). International Journal of Social Welfare © 2017 International Journal of Social Welfare and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
DOI
10.1111/ijsw.12293
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