Social and Psychological Factors, Physiological Processes, and Physical Health

Published in: Handbook of Medical Sociology, 5th Ed. / Edited by Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, and Allen M. Fremont. (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000), Chapter 23, p. 334-352

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2000

by Allen Fremont, Chloe E. Bird

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Associations between social and psychological factors such as socioeconomic status or social support and health are now well established, yet precisely how these psychosocial factors alter health remains unclear and a source of ongoing debate. In this chapter the authors consider evidence from a variety of other disciplines about one possible pathway-physiological links between psychosocial processes and health.

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