The relationship between one's psycho-emotional and physiological health has long been of interest to social scientists. While many factors have been examined for their impact on causation and prevention, over the past two decades the concepts of social support, stress and well-being have undergone much scrutiny. In this article the authors provide empirical data to enhance our understanding of the interrelatedness of these three concepts.
Based on the findings from a study of stress and health in organizations, a model is proposed which elucidates some of the conditions under which social support networks mediate the impact of stress on psychological well-being.
Bailey, Darlyne; Wolfe, Donald M.; and Wolfe, Christopher R.
"With a Little Help from Our Friends: Social Support as a Source of Well-being and of Coping with Stress,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 21
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol21/iss2/8