Emotion, Social Relationships, and Health (Series in Affective Science)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195145410
ISBN 13: 978-0195145410
A growing body of literature on humans and animals documents the link between social integration and affiliative relationships and a variety of health and disease outcomes, including mortality. The actual mechanisms through which these efforts occur are, however, not well understood. Emotion probably plays a central role in mediating connections between relational experiences, underlying neurobiological processes, and health outcomes. Many prior studies have focused on the size and proximity of social networks, thereby neglecting their emotional features. When studied, emotion in social relationships has also been heavily weighted on the side of negative and conflictual interactions, thus giving minimal attention to the possible protective benefits of enduring love, nurture, and affection. This volume brings together these differing lines of inquiry to advance understanding of how emotion in significant social relationships influences health.
"Papers and commentary from the 1997 Third Annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion delve into the nature of emotional interaction with significant others and its role in illuminating the established ties between social relationships and health. Contributors from the fields of affective science, clinical and social psychology, epidemiology, psychoneuroimmunology, and health address how to observe and evaluate social interactions in clinical, laboratory, or daily life contexts, and link emotional experience to health outcomes. Ryff teaches psychology at the University of Wisconsin. Singer is affiliated with the Office of Population Research."--SciTech Book News
About the Author
Carol D. Ryff is at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Burton Singer is at Princeton University.