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The mental health costs and benefits of giving social support

Strazdins, Lyndall; Broom, Dorothy


Is giving support neutral, beneficial or costly to mental health? The authors identified 2 types of support-companionship and help-and conceptualized their provision as emotional labor. Companionship involves showing care to people, building feelings of happiness, pride, and belonging, whereas help involves assisting with feelings of distress, anger, and conflict and is potentially much more stressful. Using survey data (N = 398), the authors found that companionship and help showed opposite...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Stress Management
DOI: 10.1037/1072-5245.14.4.370


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