Health Promoting Effects of Friends and Family on Health Outcomes in Older Adults

@article{Seeman2000HealthPE,
  title={Health Promoting Effects of Friends and Family on Health Outcomes in Older Adults},
  author={Teresa Seeman},
  journal={American Journal of Health Promotion},
  year={2000},
  volume={14},
  pages={362 - 370}
}
  • T. Seeman
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Health Promotion
Objective. To highlight the significant impact of social relationships on health and illness and suggest implications of these effects for health promotion efforts among older adults. Data Sources. Published studies on social relationships and health (or health behaviors) for the period 1970–1998 were identified through MEDLINE by using the key words social relationships, social support, and health, as well as review of health-related journals such as the American Journal of Epidemiology… 
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