Beyond Money: The Social Roots of Health and Well-Being

Francesco Sarracino, PhD (Editor)
STATEC, The National Statistical Office of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Russia

Malgorzata Mikucka, PhD (Editor)
Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, Russia

Series: Health Psychology Research Focus
BISAC: PSY031000



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This book offers a comprehensive review of how social relationships foster well-being and health at various stages of life. By explicitly focusing on three main stages of a person’s life, this book guides the reader through the influences of social relationships on the quality of life in adolescence, adulthood and old age. Moreover, this book investigates the causal, very often psychological, mechanisms linking social relationships with quality of life. Building on the works of economists, sociologists, communication experts, psychologists and public health experts, this book provides an in-depth description of the possible mechanisms that make social relationships pivotal in people’s life. (Imprint: Nova)


About the Editors and Contributors

Chapter 1 - Ethnic Identity and Its Relationship to Life Satisfaction and Mental Health Among Omani Youth (pp. 1-16)
Amina Abubakar, Said Aldhafri and Fons van de Vijver (Tilburg University, the Netherlands and others)

Chapter 2 - The Big Four Dimensions of Religiousness and Life Satisfaction among Dutch and Italians (pp. 17-28)
Radosveta Dimitrova (Stockholm Univeristy, Sweden)

Chapter 3 - Adolescent Life Satisfaction and Health Risk Behaviors (pp. 29-38)
Robert F. Valois, Jelani C. Kerr and Sandra K. Kammermann (Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina Columbia, SC, USA and others)

Chapter 4 - Self-Beliefs as Predictors of Life Satisfaction and Risk Behaviors: Structure, Valence and Conceptual Elaboration (pp. 39-60)
Celeste Sangiorgio, Warren A. Reich and Jason Young (Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY, USA)

Chapter 5 - Single Parent Households and Life Satisfaction: Insights from Ireland (pp. 61-84)
Finbarr Brereton, Peter Clinch and Susana Ferreira (University College Dublin, Ireland and others)

Chapter 6 - Subjective Well-Being and Type of Contract in Europe: Is There Any Effect of Labour Legislations? (pp. 85-106)
Tatiana Karabchuk, Natalia Soboleva and Marina Nikitina (University Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Chapter 7 - Workplace Identity, Congruence, Satisfaction and Health (pp. 107-128)
Sunny Hubler and John C. Sherblom (University of Maine, ME, USA)

Chapter 8 - Critical Events and Health: Some Histories of People with Weight Problems (pp. 129-150)
Cristina Calvi (Department of Law and Political, Economical and Social Sciences, University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy)

Chapter 9 - GPs and Elderly Patients: Organizing a Care Network (pp. 151-164)
Francesco Miele, Claudio Coletta, Enrico Maria Piras, Attila Bruni and Alberto Zanutto (e-Health Research Unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy and others)

Chapter 10 - Life Satisfaction in Cognitively Intact Long-Term Nursing-Home Patients: Symptom Distress, Well-Being and Nurse-Patient Interaction (pp. 165-212)
Gørill Haugan (Research Centre for Health Promotion and Resources, S¸r-Tr¸ndelag University College, Norway)
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Chapter 11 - Opportunities for Social Integration and Perceived Health among European Older People (pp. 213-226)
Cristina Gagliardi, Mirko Di Rosa, Liana Spazzafumo and Fabrizia Lattanzio (IRCCS-INRCA, Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura Anziani
National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Ancona, Italy)

Chapter 12 - Trends of Social Capital in 30 European Countries, 1990-2008 (pp. 227-258)
Małgorzata Mikucka and Francesco Sarracino (STATEC, Luxembourg and others)


"Scholars concerned with cultural post-modernization tend to agree upon several basic assertions. At least one is relevant for the debates around wellbeing and quality of life. With the social and economic change, people focus on better life expressed in non-material way." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Bogdan Voicu, Senior Researcher I, Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life

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