Measuring Social Cohesion and Social Capital within the Context of Community Food Security: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Michelle Kaiser, Sheila Barnhart, Sarah Huber-Krum

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Abstract

This study uses a community food security (CFS) framework to understand how social capital and social cohesion may address food security. We assessed the presence of these constructs using a confirmatory factor analysis in the context of a community food assessment (N = 563). Social capital, social cohesion, and community food participation (e.g., CSAs, farmers’ markets, gardens) were unique factor structures that could lead to development and testing community-based interventions to improve food security, food access, and health. We provide a discussion of the conceptualization and measurement of these constructs, and offer areas of improvement helpful to practitioners and researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-612
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Food Innovation Center, Ohio State University. Thank you to the Ohio State University Food Innovation Center for generous support of this project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Social capital
  • community food security
  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • social cohesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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