Social Support and Health: Theory, Research and Practice with Diverse Populations


Sheying Chen (Editor)
Pace University, New York, NY, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status, Health Care in Transition
BISAC: HEA010000

The relationship between social support and health has attracted tremendous research interest during the past few decades. This book is the newest addition to the literature with an emphasis on the study of diverse populations from a global perspective. Aiming at theoretical and methodological advancement, it also makes a significant contribution by addressing some fundamental issues in social and behavioral sciences inquiry. The book is written for everyone who is interested in gaining an international (particularly East-West) knowledge of the subject, with a masterful understanding of the general issues involved. It contains detailed case studies as well as comparative material along with thought-provoking theoretical and methodological efforts to guide research. Policy and practice can also benefit from culture- and population-specific knowledge about the issues and strategies related to the provision of social support.

For students in health and social-behavioral science fields, the book may serve as a comprehensive introduction and ongoing guide to research on social support and health. It should be useful for professors, researchers, and practitioners in social medicine, public health, nursing, gerontology, social work/welfare, psychology, social psychiatry/mental health, sociology, public policy, and administration-management sciences as a key reference in social support and health research. Other relevant fields include international studies, developmental studies, cultural study, immigration study, women’s study, family studies, community studies, urban studies, comparative social and health research, and research methods. Many in these fields share an interest in health promotion and maintenance via informal caregivers, professional services, and government aid. As more and more colleges and universities respond to rapid globalization by developing course offerings in non-Western experiences or perspectives, this book offers optional readings that not only cover a major part of the non-Western world but also offer important understanding in comparative inquiry. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction: Social Support and Health in a Global
(Sheying Chen, Pace University, USA)

Chapter 1: Social Support and Health: An Overview of Selected Theoretical Models for Adaptation
(Marcel Lourel, Anne Hartmann, Caroline Closon, Farida Mouda and Ofelia Petric-Tatu, Health and Work Psychology, Laboratoire Recifes, I.U.F.M. Nord-Pas de Calais, Internal School of Université d’Artois, Mont-Houy University Campus, France and others)

Chapter 2: Improving Research Methodology: Modified Validity (MV), Unidimensionalization, and Multiple Measurement
(Sheying Chen and Xuejuan Chen, Pace University, USA, and others)

Chapter 3: Quality of Social Support among Immigrant Caregivers: Cultural Adaptation Using Ecological Validity Framework (EVF)
(Youjung Lee and Laura Smith, Department of Social Work, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA and others)

Chapter 4: Uplifting Social Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
(Malabika Misty Das and Cecilia Lai Wan Chan, University of Hong Kong)

Chapter 5: Social Support: Gender and Culture
(Ayala Malach Pines and Nurit Zaidman, Ben-Gurion University, Israel)

Chapter 6: Health Behaviors among Pregnant Women: The Influence of Social Support
(Lisa M. Kratz, Y. Joel Wong and Ellen L. Vaughan, Indiana University, IN, USA)

Chapter 7: Social Support for Marginalized Children
(Cheryl Hiu-Kwan Chui, University of Hong Kong)

Chapter 8: Rising of the Daughter’s Role in Social Support for the Elderly in Rural China (HE Lanping, Tianjin University, China)

Chapter 9: Social Support and Well-Being of Older Adults in Eastern Asia: A Systematic Review
(Vivian W. Q. Lou and Nan Lu, The University of Hong Kong)

Chapter 10: Attributions for Poor Social Support among HIV/AIDS Caregivers in Yorubaland
(David Adebayo Oluwole, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Chapter 11: Social Support as Spiritual Capital of Chinese with Cancer: Towards a Holistic Approach
(Adrian Ho Yin Wan, Pamela Pui Yu Leung, and Candy Hio Cheng Fong, The University of Hong Kong)

Chapter 12: Social Support for Bereaved People: A Reflection in Chinese Society
(Jie Li, Wei Sha and Amy Y. M. Chow, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)


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