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An informative work offering views and perspectives on health....The social dimension may not be all there is but it sure is an influence on health. Several evidences support this. For one, increasing research findings point to the association of negative interactions at the personal level to a number of mental health conditions such as depression, negative mood, and substance abuse.
In fact, early studies on the influence of social network such as those conducted by John Cassey pointed to the ‘protective’ role social support played to the vulnerability of individuals to the adverse health effects of stress. Cassey’s work in the 1970s that involve human as well as animal research even show the influence of social support, along with other factors at the psychological level, on the etiology of disease, thus indicating the possible influence of social support on the incidence as well as prevalence of a broad range of health outcomes. Apparently, this early work gave impetus to the development of, or at least the accommodation by, different social psychological and sociological theories as to the fundamental interpersonal processes behind the link between health and social relationships