Issues with Social Relationships and Health Essay

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Issues with Social Relationships and Health Studies of mortality, which included social relationships as a metric, determined social relationships have a significant causal relationship to mortality. (Holt-Lunstad, Smith & Layton, 2010) More studies have been done on social relationships however; the mechanisms of how social relationships affect our health are still unclear. (2010) Relationships and their effect on health status continue to be an important area of research and analysis. Social relationships are a determinant which can be addressed at a community level. One key principle outlined by the Commission of European Communities report was not just looking at mortality rates, but also focusing on the quality of life during the …show more content…

My choice of this demographic is twofold. First, this is an age group which has adopted social media as part of their life. They are comfortable with the technology, and most are avid users. The second reason is that teens are teachable and willing to try new things or adopt new behaviors. Youth seem to be more motivated to change than to older adults. (Glanz, Rimer, & Viswanath, 2008) It is also this age group who are most affected by the societal trend away from relationships, so they would naturally gain benefit from increased social relationships. Choosing the Proper Theory and Methods I believe the proper theory to apply to this campaign would be the health belief model (HBM). I am planning this to be an educational campaign, motivating the target population to change behavior, and HBM has worked well in educational interventions. The HBM for example is great for interventions where self-efficacy is high, and a population seems to be motivated. (Glanz, Rimer, & Viswanath, 2008) The HBM theory focuses on the perception of a health threat, and the preventative behavior. (Cao, Chen, & Wang, 2014) The campaign would need to focus on the threat of declining relationships, and the preventative behavior (building relationships) necessary to counter the threat. Using HBM theory, I would need to start with a perception survey gauging the strength and value placed on relationships with family and

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