Demands for a gendered analysis of social capital (Gidengil and O’Neill 2006; van Staveren 2002)
Good overview of previous research on wellbeing and gender and parental status (i.e. not much of it):
In fact, social science research has shown a positive effect of social capital, defined as ‘‘connections among individuals—social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them’’ (Putnam 2000: 19), on SWB. The idea has been reiterated more recently by psychology (e.g. Myers 1999), social production function theory (Ormel et al. 1999), and the network theory of social capital (Lin 2001a, b). In modern happiness research, a range of studies have empirically confirmed the link between social capital and SWB (e.g. Bjørnskov 2008; Helliwell 2003; Helliwell and Putnam 2004; Kroll 2008).