Social Capital

Social Capital refers to active connections and interactions among individuals on a care team. These connections are of three types: bonding (horizontal connections between individual team members on a care unit), bridging (connections between individuals on different care teams), and linking (vertical connections between individual team members and individuals in positions of authority, e.g., care managers). Individuals completing the ACT are asked to rate the connections on their care unit by answering six items using a 5-point Likert agreement scale. The final social capital score obtained for each individual is an average of his or her scores on the six items. Higher scores reflect a more positive perception of social capital on the care unit.