Social Isolation and Health, with an Emphasis on Underlying Mechanisms

  title={Social Isolation and Health, with an Emphasis on Underlying Mechanisms},
  author={J. Cacioppo and John T Louise C Hawkley},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={S39 - S52}
  • J. Cacioppo, John T Louise C Hawkley
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
  • Social isolation is a potent but little understood risk factor for morbidity and mortality, and its negative consequences are most profound among the elderly, the poor, and minorities, some of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. [...] Key Result Our studies show that neither attractiveness nor health behaviors differ as a function of social isolation, but stress and repair and maintenance do seem to be factors.Expand Abstract

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