Social Support and Physical HealthUnderstanding the Health Consequences of Relationships

Social Support and Physical HealthUnderstanding the Health Consequences of Relationships

Bert N. Uchino

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780300102185

Publisher: Yale University Press

Abstract

This book examines the effect of social relationships on physical health. It surveys and assesses the research which shows not only that supportive relationships protect us from a multitude of mental health problems but also that the absence of supportive relationships increases the risk of dying from various diseases. The book discusses the links between social support and mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. It investigates whether social support is more effective for some individuals and within certain cultures. After evaluating existing conceptual models linking social support to health outcomes, the book offers his own broader perspective on the issue, and suggests the implications for intervention and for future research in this area.