Mechanisms Linking Social Ties and Support to Physical and Mental Health

  title={Mechanisms Linking Social Ties and Support to Physical and Mental Health},
  author={Peggy A. Thoits},
  journal={Journal of Health and Social Behavior},
  pages={145 - 161}
  • P. Thoits
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Over the past 30 years investigators have called repeatedly for research on the mechanisms through which social relationships and social support improve physical and psychological well-being, both directly and as stress buffers. I describe seven possible mechanisms: social influence/social comparison, social control, role-based purpose and meaning (mattering), self-esteem, sense of control, belonging and companionship, and perceived support availability. Stress-buffering processes also involve… 

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