Interpersonal processes refer broadly to actual or perceived elements of the social world. These processes can be generally positive (e.g., support) or negative (e.g., conflict) and can be further specified in terms of more specific types such as emotional support or insensitivity to others. It is also used to refer to the broader social context (e.g., social networks) in which such processes are embedded.
Interpersonal processes such as social support and social negativity have long been suspected as contributors to physical health outcomes. However, most biomedical research aimed at understanding disease has focused on biological processes (e.g., physiology, pathogens). There is now strong evidence linking interpersonal processes to such biological pathways and concrete health outcomes (e.g., hypertension). Linking interpersonal processes to biological pathways provides a bridge that can connect...
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