Social relationships and health-related behavior

J Behav Med. 1993 Aug;16(4):335-50. doi: 10.1007/BF00844776.


The relationship of social ties to health behavior is studied in this paper. The general hypothesis tested is that those with social relationships are more likely to avoid health damaging behavior. Patterns regarding specific social ties and particular health behaviors are examined. Findings indicate the relationships of spouse, organization member, and friend are related to preventive health behavior; spouses are less likely smokers, drinkers, and heavy drinkers. The friend relationship is related to decreased smoking behavior, while the employee relationship is related to increased drinking. A consistent predictor of health behaviors is the social tie of organization member. People with relationships as organization members are more likely always to wear seat belts, smoke and drink less, and consume lower amounts of these substances.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Seat Belts
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Social Support