Social capital, disability, and usefulness of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for the development and monitoring of policy interventions

Eleni Koutsogeorgou, Matilde Leonardi, Jerome E. Bickenbach, Milda Cerniauskaite, Rui Quintas, Alberto Raggi

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This paper provides theoretical links between the model of health and disability based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the complex notion of 'social capital'. In practice, social capital mechanisms could contribute to better health through their use in health-promotion actions, and, in general, through their integration in inclusive policies and systems for facilitating the biopsychosocial model of disability. The present paper shows how ICF could offer an informational platform for conceptualizing and potentially measuring the causal linkages between social capital and health and disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1116
Number of pages13
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • persons with disabilities
  • public health
  • social networks
  • social participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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