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Social Support and Physical Health: Understanding the Health Consequences of Relationships

Bert N. Uchino


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 soc ... More

Keywords: social relationships, physical health, supportive relationships, mental health problems, risk of dying, social support, mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300102185
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bert N. Uchino, author