Mechanisms linking social ties and support to physical and mental health.

@article{Thoits2011MechanismsLS,
  title={Mechanisms linking social ties and support to physical and mental health.},
  author={Peggy A. Thoits},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={52 2},
  pages={
          145-61
        }
}
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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