The Role of Social Support in Coping with Chronic Illnesses

Authors

  • Dr. James Brown Department of Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Author

Keywords:

Social support, Chronic illness, Coping, Psychological well-being, Quality of life

Abstract

This scholarly article explores the vital role of social support in assisting individuals coping with chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses present significant challenges to individuals, impacting various aspects of their lives. Social support, encompassing emotional, informational, and instrumental assistance from social networks, plays a crucial role in mitigating the adverse effects of chronic illnesses and enhancing coping mechanisms. Through an examination of existing literature and empirical evidence, this article elucidates the multifaceted nature of social support and its positive effects on individuals' psychological well-being, treatment adherence, and overall quality of life. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of fostering and strengthening social support networks to optimize coping strategies and improve health outcomes for individuals living with chronic illnesses.

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Published

2024-03-31

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