Social support and the reactivity hypothesis: conceptual issues in examining the efficacy of received support during acute psychological stress.

@article{Uchino2011SocialSA,
  title={Social support and the reactivity hypothesis: conceptual issues in examining the efficacy of received support during acute psychological stress.},
  author={Bert N. Uchino and McKenzie Carlisle and Wendy Church Birmingham and Allison A. Vaughn},
  journal={Biological psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={86 2},
  pages={137-42}
}
Social support has been reliably related to better physical health outcomes. One influential model suggests that social support is related to lower cardiovascular disease mortality because it reduces the potentially deleterious consequences of cardiovascular reactivity during acute stress. However, received support and perceived support are separable constructs and epidemiological research suggests variability in links between received support and health. This is important because most social… CONTINUE READING

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