Journal article

The power of social connection and support in improving health: lessons from social support interventions with childbearing women

Rhonda Small, Angela J Taft, Stephanie J Brown

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Social support interventions have a somewhat chequered history. Despite evidence that social connection is associated with good health, efforts to implement interventions designed to increase social support have produced mixed results. The aim of this paper is to reflect on the relationship between social connectedness and good health, by examining social support interventions with mothers of young children and analysing how support was conceptualised, enacted and valued, in order to advance what we know about providing support to improve health. CONTEXT AND APPROACH: First, we provide a brief recent history of social support interventions for mothers with young chi..

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