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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 Mortality from Specific Diseases

Social Support and Mortality from Specific Diseases

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Social Support and Physical Health

Bert N. Uchino

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which social support may influence health outcomes. It evaluates studies that have looked at mortality from specific diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The chapter examines whether social support actually influence the development of disease or is it effective after the medical diagnosis of disease when individuals are in direct need of support.

Keywords:   social support, health outcomes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, AIDS, human immunodeficiency virus, disease

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