As you learn more about and incorporate relational health in your practice, you might want to refer to the science. The following is a curated library of scientific resources by topic. 

 

Child and Adolescent Relational Health and Child Health Outcomes

 

Adult Relational Health and Adult Health Outcomes

 

 

Mechanistic Pathways:
How Relational Health Improves Health Outcomes

 

  • Social Influence and Healthy Behaviors:
    Social relationships can exert social influence leading to positive or negative health behaviors, increasing adherence to medical treatment, instilling a sense of responsibility, motivating ore pressuring someone to take care of oneself, and increasing the likelihood a person will adopt the health behaviors and status of those around them. 

  • Services and Resources: Relationships can provide material, concrete, tangible, and  instrumental support which can then lead to decreased stress and improved health outcomes.

  • Information: Social relationships can improve health by providing information that is needed to solve problems and challenges that arise, and that teach skills and key capacities such as the ability to regulate behavior, plan, and adapt.

  • Positive Psychological States and Calmed Stress Response System: Healthy Social Relationships can induce positive psychological states and calm the stress response system.  This can lead to health-promoting behaviors and physiological responses including improved neurologic, endocrine, immune and cardiovascular effects as well as improved health outcomes. 

Child and Adolescent Relational Health and Child Health Outcomes

 

 

ASTHMA AND IMMUNE RESPONSE

BEHAVIORAL CONCERNS

BROAD REVIEWS

CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

DEPRESSION

DIABETES

MEDICAL ADHERENCE

OBESITY  

OVERALL REPORTED HEALTH AND RESILIENCE

SELF-REGULATION

SOMATIC CONCERNS

 

Adult Relational Health and Adult Health Outcomes

 

BROAD REVIEWS

CANCER PROGRESSION

CARDIOVASCULAR

COGNITIVE ABILITY AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

DIABETES

EPIGENETICS AND GENE EXPRESSION

HYPOTHALAMIC PITUITARY ADRENOCORTICAL ACTIVITY

IMMUNE FUNCTION

MENTAL HEALTH

MORTALITY

OBESITY

RECURRENT STROKE

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