ERIC Number: EJ697142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Social Support and Physical Health: The Importance of Belonging.
Hale, Cara J.; Hannum, James W.; Espelage, Dorothy L.
Journal of American College Health, v53 n6 p276 May 2005
Social support is a multifaceted construct recognized as a significant predictor of physical health. In this study, the authors examined several support domains simultaneously in a sample of 247 college students to determine their unique prediction of physical health perceptions and physical symptoms. They also examined gender differences across social support and physical health. Their findings indicated that belonging predicted better health perceptions for women and fewer physical symptoms for men, suggesting that a sense of connection to a group of others is a key support component for the physical health of college students.Keg Words: college students, physical health, social support
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org
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