Social support and Health Status: A literature review (1997)

Ellie Rosenfeld

There is a plethora of research over the last two decades which indicates that when people are contributors to, and recipients of, social support there is a beneficial effect on their health. This is an area in which empirical research confirms a commonly acknowledged phenomenon. People with higher levels of emotional and pragmatic support, from family and friends, from the wider networks of work or recreation, experience better health status than people with diminished levels of such support. The notion of social support is one of the cornerstones of community health service provision-a pivotal concept at all levels of health service planning and provision.

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