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Social Support

Social support refers to the process of engaging with an individual in order to improve physical and psychological well-being. It involves increasing an individual’s access to care, resources, or services and shaping an individual’s understanding of the use and value of these supports. Among the desired outcomes are the improvement of interpersonal relationships, self-concept, and self-efficacy. Social support can be beneficial for both emotional and physical health, assist in the development of essential competencies, and address obstacles encountered. Research consistently links social support with positive health outcomes, including improved psychological adjustment, advanced emotional coping, faster disease recovery, and decreased risk of mortality. Social support is highly contextual, varies significantly among individuals, and changes over the lifespan. The specific needs of the individual factor significantly into ...

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