Understanding the Links Between Social Support and Physical Health: A Life-Span Perspective With Emphasis on the Separability of Perceived and Received Support

@article{Uchino2009UnderstandingTL,
  title={Understanding the Links Between Social Support and Physical Health: A Life-Span Perspective With Emphasis on the Separability of Perceived and Received Support},
  author={Bert N. Uchino},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={236 - 255}
}
  • B. Uchino
  • Published 1 May 2009
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
Social support has been reliably related to physical health outcomes. However, the conceptual basis of such links needs greater development. In this article, I argue for a life-span perspective on social support and health that takes into account distinct antecedent processes and mechanisms that are related to measures of support over time. Such a view highlights the need to distinguish measures of perceived and received support and its links to more specific diseases (e.g., chronic, acute) and… 

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