IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/socmed/v74y2012i7p949-957.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Psychological pathways linking social support to health outcomes: A visit with the “ghosts” of research past, present, and future

Author

Listed:
  • Uchino, Bert N.
  • Bowen, Kimberly
  • Carlisle, McKenzie
  • Birmingham, Wendy

Abstract

Contemporary models postulate the importance of psychological mechanisms linking perceived and received social support to physical health outcomes. In this review, we examine studies that directly tested the potential psychological mechanisms responsible for links between social support and health-relevant physiological processes (1980s–2010). Inconsistent with existing theoretical models, no evidence was found that psychological mechanisms such as depression, perceived stress, and other affective processes are directly responsible for links between support and health. We discuss the importance of considering statistical/design issues, emerging conceptual perspectives, and limitations of our existing models for future research aimed at elucidating the psychological mechanisms responsible for links between social support and physical health outcomes.

Suggested Citation

  • Uchino, Bert N. & Bowen, Kimberly & Carlisle, McKenzie & Birmingham, Wendy, 2012. "Psychological pathways linking social support to health outcomes: A visit with the “ghosts” of research past, present, and future," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(7), pages 949-957.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:74:y:2012:i:7:p:949-957
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.023
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612000196
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. repec:aph:ajpbhl:2001:91:8:1303-1309_7 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Berkman, Lisa F. & Glass, Thomas & Brissette, Ian & Seeman, Teresa E., 2000. "From social integration to health: Durkheim in the new millennium," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 51(6), pages 843-857, September.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Thompson, Tess & Rodebaugh, Thomas L. & Pérez, Maria & Struthers, James & Sefko, Julianne A. & Lian, Min & Schootman, Mario & Jeffe, Donna B., 2016. "Influence of neighborhood-level factors on social support in early-stage breast cancer patients and controls," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 156(C), pages 55-63.
    2. repec:eee:socmed:v:196:y:2018:i:c:p:96-105 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Ellwardt, Lea & Aartsen, Marja & Deeg, Dorly & Steverink, Nardi, 2013. "Does loneliness mediate the relation between social support and cognitive functioning in later life?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 116-124.
    4. Wolff, Julia K. & Schmiedek, Florian & Brose, Annette & Lindenberger, Ulman, 2013. "Physical and emotional well-being and the balance of needed and received emotional support: Age differences in a daily diary study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 67-75.
    5. Conklin, Annalijn I. & Forouhi, Nita G. & Surtees, Paul & Khaw, Kay-Tee & Wareham, Nicholas J. & Monsivais, Pablo, 2014. "Social relationships and healthful dietary behaviour: Evidence from over-50s in the EPIC cohort, UK," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 167-175.
    6. Blanch, Angel, 2016. "Social support as a mediator between job control and psychological strain," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 157(C), pages 148-155.
    7. Stein, Elizabeth R. & Smith, Bruce W., 2015. "Social support attenuates the harmful effects of stress in healthy adult women," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 146(C), pages 129-136.

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:74:y:2012:i:7:p:949-957. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dana Niculescu). General contact details of provider: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/315/description#description .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.