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Personal social networks and health: conceptual and clinical implications of their reciprocal impact.

Research paper by Carlos E CE Sluzki

Indexed on: 05 May '10Published on: 05 May '10Published in: Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare



Abstract

Social networks affect positively or negatively a person's health, and a person's health affects, in turn, the network's availability. This article discusses this double dynamic, recommends the routine exploration of patients' social networks, and offers a mapping tool that allows detection of strengths and weaknesses of those processes so as to facilitate interventions that improve the social support's health-enhancing effect.