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A conceptual framework for the study of social capital in new destination immigrant communities.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of transcultural nursing : official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society / Transcultural Nursing Society
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
3
Pages
205–211
Identifiers
PMID: 20527675
Source
Medline

Abstract

Mexican immigration to the United States is an intragenerational phenomenon. Young adult Mexicans leave their families of origin in search of employment opportunities that pull them to new destination communities. A conceptual framework that defines and relates the concepts of human capital, personal networks, social capital, and resources is introduced. The influence of social capital on the capacity of immigrants to access resources is described. The framework informed the design of a study to examine the approaches used by Mexican immigrant women to access resources for healthy childbearing in the absence of traditional family support systems in a new destination community.

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