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Social Support and Physical HealthUnderstanding the Health Consequences of Relationships$
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Bert N. Uchino

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102185

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102185.001.0001

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Social Support and All-Cause Mortality

Social Support and All-Cause Mortality

(p.54) 4 Social Support and All-Cause Mortality
Social Support and Physical Health

Bert N. Uchino

Yale University Press

This chapter reviews studies that provide direct evidence for a link between social support and all-cause mortality. First, it examines the characteristics of studies linking social support to mortality. It then highlights evidence and issues in linking structural and functional support to overall mortality. Finally, the chapter considers the possible moderators that may help specify the conditions under which social support is most effective. The variables considered are gender, sociocultural factors, and personality.

Keywords:   social support, all-cause mortality, mortality, gender, sociocultural factors, personality

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