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a brief explanation of the effects of social support on the health condition. Then describe two populations that are at risk for reduced social support and explain why. Finally, explain two ways you might bridge the gap between the need for and utilization of social support for the populations you selected. Be specific.

Readings

Course Text: Rook, K. S., August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2011). Social network functions and health. In R. J. Contrada & A. Baum (Eds.), The handbook of stress science: Biology, psychology, and health (pp. 123–135). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Now with the understanding of social support as a coping mechanism as discussed in Week 6, please review Chapter 10, “Social Network Functions and Health” with this new perspective on the effects of social networks when underutilized among various populations.
Course Text: Uchino, B. N., & Birmingham, W. (2011). Stress and support processes. In R. J. Contrada & A. Baum (Eds.), The handbook of stress science: Biology, psychology, and health (pp. 111–121). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Article: American Cancer Society. (2012). Sources of support. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/advancedcancer/advanced-cancer-sources-of-support
Article: Chao, R. C.-L. (2011). Managing stress and maintaining well-being: Social support, problem-focused coping, and avoidant coping. Journal of Counseling and Development, 89(3), 338–348.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Committee on Education and Training, American Psychological Association Division 38. (2012). Becoming a health psychologist. Retrieved from http://www.health-psych.org/AboutHowtoBecome.cfm
Article: Hillenberg, J. B., & DiLorenzo, T. M. (1987). Stress management training in health psychology practice: Critical clinical issues. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 18(4), 402–404.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycARTICLES database.
Article: Keefe, F. J., & Blumenthal, J. A. (2004). Health psychology: What will the future bring? Health Psychology, 23(2), 156–157.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycARTICLES database.
Article: Kraft, P., & Yardley, L. (2009). Current issues and new directions in psychology and health: What is the future of digital interventions for health behavior change? Psychology and Health, 24(6), 615–618.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Littrell, J. (2008). The mind-body connection: Not just a theory anymore. Social Work in Health Care, 46(4), 17–37.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the MEDLINE with Full Text database.
Article: Nielsen, K., Taris, T. W., & Cox, T. (2010). The future of organizational interventions: Addressing the challenges of today’s organizations. Work & Stress, 24(3), 219–233.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Nauert, R. (2011, January 21). Social support helps women beat breast cancer. Psych Central. Retrieved from http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/01/21/social-support-helps-women-beat-breast-cancer/22830.html
Article: Schaufeli, W. B., (2004). The future of occupational health psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 53(4), 502–517.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Uchino, B. N. (2006). Social support and health: A review of physiological processes potentially underlying links to disease outcomes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29(4), 377–387.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Wells, J. R., & Anderston, S. T. (2011). Self-efficacy and social support in African Americans diagnosed with end stage renal disease. The ABNF Journal, 22(1), 9–12.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Yali, A. M., & Revenson, T. A. (2004). How changes in population demographics will impact health psychology: Incorporating a broader notion of cultural competence into the field. Health Psychology, 23(2), 147–155.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycARTICLES database.
Website: American Psychological Association Division 38: Health Psychology. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.health-psych.org/
Web Resource: American Cancer Society. (2012). Find support groups and services in your area. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/index
Web Resource: American Psychological Association. (n.d.). International Journal of Stress Management. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/str/index.aspx
Web Resource: National Institutes of Health. (n.d.). Health information: Stress. Retrieved from http://health.nih.gov/topic/Stress

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