"This book provides an up to date, comprehensive, review of social support research highlighting theoretical and practical issues that should be considered in the assessment of social support and in the design of support interventions. What comes across constantly in this volume is the need for assessment and intervention to be grounded in theoretical views of the structure and function of social relationships. There are no easy answers to the complexities of the field, but both researchers and practitioners can find much here to think about in the design of their work."--Kenneth Heller, University of Indiana
"This is an excellent volume covering theoretical perspectives, empirical work on social relationships and health, and guides for the development of interventions. It provides up-to-date information for students and investigators across a broad number of fields from sociology and psychology to epidemiology. It will be used so frequently, it will end up sitting on the desk rather than the book shelf."--Lisa F. Berkman, Harvard School of Public Health
"...provides a valuable resource for both scientists hoping to understand and interventionists trying to make the most of the health-related benefits of social relationships."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
"...this is an excellent book which is essential reading for anyone embarking on aetiological research or interventions in social support and health. In one bound it has become a classic text for social support researchers."--International Journal of Epidemiology
About the Author
Sheldon Cohen is at Carnegie Mellon University. Lynn G. Underwood is at Fetzer Institute.