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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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Future Directions and Conclusions

Future Directions and Conclusions

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(p.170) 8 Future Directions and Conclusions
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Social Support and Physical Health
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Bert N. Uchino

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102185.003.0008

This concluding chapter summarizes the major arguments of this book. It highlights the main issues, questions, and directions for future inquiry into social support and physical health over the next fifteen to twenty years. It suggests the need for integrative interdisciplinary research, greater attention to basic measurement issues, theoretical models evaluating mechanisms, development and evaluation of comprehensive theory-based interventions, incorporation of a successful aging or lifespan approach, considering the positive and negative aspects of relationships, and the integration of social support with other psychosocial risk factor models.

Keywords:   social support, physical health, theory-based interventions, aging, lifespan approach, relationships, psychosocial risk factor models

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