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Interpersonal Relationships and HealthSocial and Clinical Psychological Mechanisms$
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Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.001.0001

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Interpersonal Relationships and Health

Interpersonal Relationships and Health

Where the Social and Clinical Converge

(p.3) Interpersonal Relationships and Health
Interpersonal Relationships and Health

Christopher R. Agnew

Susan C. South

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter ponders whether relationships between people affect physical and/or mental health. This is the central question of the book. Evidence may suggest that the answer should be “yes” but the book aims to look at what causes this simple conclusion and analyzes whether it is an accurate one. The question, as most questions do, brings up many other questions such as: what is meant by “relationship” between people? Can an interpersonal relationship influence health? How can we measure an influence on health? How can we disentangle the various influences on health? If we switch the question around, can health influence relationships?

Keywords:   relationships, mental health, physical health, mental illness, depression

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