Understanding Relations between Access to Healthcare, Social Capital, and Health-Related Well-Being of Street-Involved Children in Ghana

Padmore Adusei AMOAH, Kingsley Atta MYAMEKYE

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Abstract

The phenomenon of street-involved children continues to plague cities in both low- and high-income countries. While measures are needed to eliminate this undesirable situation urgently, it is equally important to understand the lives of these children, particularly their health and access to essential services to aid their well-being. Given their difficult living conditions, most street-involved children rely significantly on their social networks to get by. This chapter offers empirical evidence of how structural (group membership) and cognitive (trust in neighbours) social capital influence the association between access to healthcare and health status of street-involved children (aged 12–17 years old) based on cross-sectional data from Ghana. Approximately 71.8% of respondents rated their health in unfavourable terms with many of them having limited access to healthcare. Only 38.1% of the children trusted the people around them, while 27.5% joined some social groups. We found that trust in neighbours (B = 5.704, p < 0.000) and access to healthcare (B = 2.199, p < 0.01) were positively associated with the health status of the children. Trust in neighbours positively modified the association between healthcare access and health status (B = 0.199, p < 0.001). We discuss the findings within the broader discourse on social epidemiology and social protection and draw implications for the health-related well-being of children in especially difficult circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Children’s Risk, Vulnerability and Quality of Life
EditorsHabib TILIOUINE, Denise BENATUIL, Maggie K. W. LAU
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Chapter19
Pages297-311
ISBN (Electronic)9783031017834
ISBN (Print)9783031017827
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Handbooks of Quality-of-Life (IHQL)
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2468-7227
ISSN (Electronic)2468-7235

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