Sex Differences in the Relationship between Social Support and Mental Health

  • Peter C. Meyer
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


Numerous investigations have demonstrated the significance of social networks and social support for the maintenance and restoration of mental health and for coping with social stress (Aneshensel, 1992; Cohen & Syme, 1985; Gottlieb, 1981, 1983; House, Umberson, & Landis, 1988; Lin, Dean, & Ensel, 1986; Meyer & Suter, 1993). To date research has focused predominantly on the positive effects of networks, namely on social support. In many studies preventive, stress-buffering, and rehabilitative effects were demonstrated. According to the “stress-buffer hypothesis,” social support is primarily of importance in maintaining the health of those who are under a great deal of stress (Lin et al., 1986).


Social Support Social Network Path Analysis Life Event Stress Psychological Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Meyer
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  1. 1.University HospitalZürichSwitzerland

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