The Importance of Social Support on Health

1488 WordsFeb 27, 20126 Pages
{NAME} The Importance of Social Support on Health {INSTRUCTOR} {DATE} Although social interaction is complex, some believe that it is vital to human health, both mentally and physically. The nature of social behavior is that many people find it hard to open their hearts and share their feelings and problems. However, social interaction where people can talk out their problems and feel accepted and understood is very beneficial to mental health. It is influenced by the number of interactions we have and the bonds we form within our social group. The term social support has been defined in several ways. It consists of a number of different domains, including emotional support, appraisal and affirmation, informational…show more content…
There are three contemporary theories which address the goals of social behavior and health. First, a biopsychosocial model which is an integrated perspective toward understanding consciousness, behavior, and social interaction. It assumes that any given behavior or mental process affects and is affected by dynamically interrelated biological, psychological, and social factors. The psychological aspect refers to the role that cognition and emotions play in any given psychological phenomenon—for example, the effect of mood or beliefs and expectations on an individual 's reactions to an event. (Santrock, 2007). Next, is a behaviorist view where theories of learning emphasized the ways in which people might be predisposed, or conditioned, by their environments to behave in certain ways. (Coon, & Mitterer, 2010). In the United States, behaviorism became the dominant school of thought during the 1950s. Behaviorism was founded in the early 20th century by John B. Watson, and embraced and
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