Social Support and Physical Health: Understanding the Health Consequences of Relationships

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 222 pages
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This book will change the way we understand the future of our planet. It is both alarming and hopeful. James Gustave Speth, renowned as a visionary environmentalist leader, warns that in spite of all the international negotiations and agreements of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth's environment are not succeeding. Still, he says, the challenges are not insurmountable. He offers comprehensive, viable new strategies for dealing with environmental threats around the world. The author explains why current approaches to critical global environmental problems - climate change, biodiversity loss, deterioration of marine environments, deforestation, water shortages, and others - don't work. He offers intriguing insights into why we have been able to address domestic environmental threats with some success while largely failing at the international level. Setting forth eight specific steps to a sustainable future, Speth convincingly argues that dramatically different government and citizen action are now urgent. If ever a book could be described as essential, this is it.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction and Historical Perspectives
1
CHAPTER 2 The Meaning and Measurement of Social Support
9
CHAPTER 3 Theoretical Perspectives Linking Social Support to Health Outcomes
33
CHAPTER 4 Social Support and AllCause Mortality
54
CHAPTER 5 Social Support and Mortality From Specific Diseases
83
CHAPTER 6 Pathways Linking Social Support to Health Outcomes
109
CHAPTER 7 Intervention Implications
145
CHAPTER 8 Future Directions and Conclusions
170
References
183
Index
215
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