Social Support and Physical Health Understanding the Health Consequences of Relationships Bert N. Uchino

Current Perspectives in Psychology
Publication date:
11 Jan 2004
Yale University Press
234 pages: 229 x 152mm
8 line figures


This state-of-the-art book examines the effect of social relationships on physical health. It surveys and assesses the research that shows not only that supportive relationships protect us from a multitude of mental health problems but also that the absence of supportive relationships increases the risk of dying from various diseases.
Bert N. Uchino discusses the links between social support and mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. He investigates whether social support is more effective for some individuals and within certain cultures. After evaluating existing conceptual models linking social support to health outcomes, he offers his own broader perspective on the issue. And he suggests the implications for intervention and for future research in this area.

"An informed, useful, and much-needed book that integrates what is known about the topic of social support."?Irwin Sarason, University of Washington

"This original and significant book will be immensely valuable to scholars conducting research on social support and to practitioners interested in developing social support interventions."?Stephen J. Lepore, Teachers College, Columbia University

?Dr. Uchino has provided a book that clearly outlines some of the most salient research findings surrounding social support and physical health outcomes and elucidates questions for further research in this field. . . . In addition to a detailed review of the literature, two of the major strengths of this book are the clear definitions and descriptions of the complex facets of social support/networks and the delineation of theoretical pathways linking social support to physical outcomes. . . . This book is an important addition to the literature for its holistic approach to the topic of social support and physical health.??Elaine D. Eaker, American Journal of Epidemiology