Social and Emotional Support and its Implication for Health

Maija Reblin; Bert N Uchino


Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2008;21(2):201-205. 

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The literature on social support and health is robust and this subject continues to be an active area of research. The next generation of studies, however, must be able to explain the contexts and mechanisms for why such associations exist. Such research is in its infancy but is currently being fostered by increasing interdisciplinary perspectives on social support and health. We believe that such approaches will be crucial in order to better tailor primary or secondary support interventions that have beneficial influences on physical health outcomes.


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