Social relationships and physiological determinants of longevity across the human life span

By combining data from and harmonizing measurement across four large nationally representative, population-based, contemporary surveys using an innovative longitudinal life course design, this study provides previously unidentified evidence on the biological and life course mechanisms linking social relationship patterns with health

Yang Claire Yang; Courtney Boen; Karen Gerken; Ting Li; Kristen Schorpp; Kathleen Mullan Harris

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • Significance much evidence has accrued in research over the past 20 years on the strong causal associations between social relationships and health and longevity, important gaps remain in our understanding of the mechanisms, timing, and duration of these associations
  • By combining data from and harmonizing measurement across four large nationally representative, population-based, contemporary surveys using an innovative longitudinal life course design, this study provides previously unidentified evidence on the biological and life course mechanisms linking social relationship patterns with health
  • Our findings advance explanations of the emergence and progression of diseases across the human life span

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