Mechanisms Linking Social Ties and Support to Physical and Mental Health

  title={Mechanisms Linking Social Ties and Support to Physical and Mental Health},
  author={P. Thoits},
  journal={Journal of Health and Social Behavior},
  pages={145 - 161}
  • P. Thoits
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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