Relational regulation theory: a new approach to explain the link between perceived social support and mental health.

@article{Lakey2011RelationalRT,
  title={Relational regulation theory: a new approach to explain the link between perceived social support and mental health.},
  author={B. Lakey and E. Orehek},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={2011},
  volume={118 3},
  pages={
          482-95
        }
}
Perceived support is consistently linked to good mental health, which is typically explained as resulting from objectively supportive actions that buffer stress. Yet this explanation has difficulty accounting for the often-observed main effects between support and mental health. Relational regulation theory (RRT) hypothesizes that main effects occur when people regulate their affect, thought, and action through ordinary yet affectively consequential conversations and shared activities, rather… Expand
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