Table of Contents

Introduction and historical perspectives.
The meaning and measurement of social support.
Theoretical perspectives linking social support to health outcomes.
Social support and all-cause mortality.
Social support and mortality from specific diseases.
Pathways linking social support to health outcomes.
Intervention implications.
Future directions and conclusions. Uchino discusses links between social support & mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, & HIV/AIDS. He investigates whether social support is more effective for some individuals & within certain cultures.