19 September 2009

Social identity impacts on well-being

Groups are key to good health
University of Exeter: 10 September 2009
The quality of a person's social life could have an even greater impact than diet and exercise on their health and well-being.

There is growing evidence that being a member of a social group can significantly reduce the risk of conditions like stroke, dementia and even the common cold. New research by the Universities of Exeter and Queensland, Australia, shows that membership of social groups has a positive impact on health and well-being. The work highlights the importance of belonging to a range of social groups, of hanging onto social groups, and of building new social groups in dealing with life changes such as having a stroke and being diagnosed with dementia. … > full press release

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