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The Social Cure: Identity, Health and Well-Being
A growing body of research shows that social networks and identities have a profound impact on mental and physical health. With such mounting evidence of the importance of social relationships in protecting health, the challenge we face is explaining why this should be the case. What is it that social groups offer that appears to be just as beneficial as a daily dose of vi ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published August 24th 2011 by Psychology Press
(first published August 1st 2011)
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Fascinating book. Through different lenses, a diverse range of authors explain the link between social identity and both mental and physical health. Mechanisms and implications are discussed for all kinds of patient groups, minority groups and health care settings. A must-read for every social psychologist and particularly for every health care worker and/or academic in the clinical field.