Conversion of Social Capital in the Rehabilitation Process of Adolescents Following an Acquired Brain Injury

  • Mette Ryssel BystrupEmail author
  • Anette Lykke Hindhede


This chapter presents a Danish study exploring how forms of social capital are invested and converted by the relatives of young people with a severe acquired brain injury during the rehabilitation process. The empirical data were generated from direct observations of hospital discharge meetings, followed by focus group interviews with and questionnaire surveys of families six months after discharge. The analysis is theoretically based on Portes’ theoretical trichotomy considering social capital. We found that families with a ‘strong closed family structure’ were most successful in transforming their resources during the rehabilitation process, compared to a ‘small and weak family structure’ and those with a ‘split family structure’ who struggled the most in this regard.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mette Ryssel Bystrup
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Anette Lykke Hindhede
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg University CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Hammel Neurorehabilitation and Research Centre and University Research ClinicRM, University of AarhusHammelDenmark

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