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Title: Social support and mental health
Author(s): Daly, Michael
Baumeister, Roy
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Editor(s): Piotrowski, NA
Citation: Daly M & Baumeister R (2009) Social support and mental health. In: Piotrowski N (ed.) Salem Health: Psychology & Mental Health, Volume 5. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health, Volume 5. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, pp. 1838-1842.
Keywords: emotional social support
instrumental social support
main effect model
need to belong
perceived available social support
stress-buffering model
Issue Date: 2009
Date Deposited: 10-Mar-2014
Series/Report no.: Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health, Volume 5
Abstract: Social support is the perception or experience that a person is esteemed and part of a social network characterized by mutual obligation and helping behaviors. Support can involve either instrumental helping behaviors or attention to emotion through expressing empathy or bolstering self-esteem. The presence of supportive others may diminish the effects of stress and the risk of developing certain mental illnesses such as depression.
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