Applications of social support theory to health education: implications for work with the elderly.

@article{Minkler1981ApplicationsOS,
  title={Applications of social support theory to health education: implications for work with the elderly.},
  author={Meredith Minkler},
  journal={Health education quarterly},
  year={1981},
  volume={8 2},
  pages={147-65}
}
The large body of evidence linking social support and health provides an important supplement to earlier theory and research suggesting the more direct role social contacts may play in influencing health behavior. Three major hypotheses have been set forth concerning the precise mechanism of action through which social support may work to maintain health and decrease susceptibility to illness. Each of these theoretical positions is described and its empirical base examined. The particular… CONTINUE READING

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