Social capital and health among participants in the cachibol league in Israel

Orna Baron-Epel, Yuval Paldi, Shiran Bord, Deborah Kadish, Edna Guttman, Daniel S. Moran, Riki Tesler

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The Israeli cachibol league, Mamanet, is a grass roots non-professional community sports club for mothers. Our aim was to assess if participants in the Mamanet League have higher levels of social capital and if social capital and wellbeing improve with time. Two groups were interviewed: a control group not participating in the league and a group of Mamanet participants. The women were interviewed within 3 months of joining (T1) and 13–15 months later (T2). The questionnaire included questions on sociodemographic characteristics, social capital (social support, social involvement, trust) and wellbeing (self-reported health (SRH), psychosomatic symptoms, depressive symptoms). At T1 the participants had higher social capital and SRH scores than the control group and lower psychosomatic and depressive symptoms compared with the control group. Participation in the Mamanet League seems to improve two of the three social capital measures: social support and social involvement, showing an increase among the Mamanet group over time and no change in the control group. Participation in the league had no significant effect on wellbeing during this period. Women that participate in sports clubs may initially have higher social capital; in addition, participation may increase levels of social capital over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-896
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Putnam
  • gender
  • self-reported health
  • social capital
  • social involvement
  • social support
  • trust
  • wellbeing
  • women’s sports


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