Personal social networks and health: conceptual and clinical implications of their reciprocal impact

Fam Syst Health. 2010 Mar;28(1):1-18. doi: 10.1037/a0019061.


Social networks affect positively or negatively a person's health, and a person's health affects, in turn, the network's availability. This article discusses this double dynamic, recommends the routine exploration of patients' social networks, and offers a mapping tool that allows detection of strengths and weaknesses of those processes so as to facilitate interventions that improve the social support's health-enhancing effect.

MeSH terms

  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Life Change Events
  • Social Support*