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 December 31, 1999
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.