Social support refers to a person’s network of relationships with other people. It can be defined in terms of:

  • Quantity—how many relationships a person has
  • Quality—the type of relationships a person has and how satisfied a person is with those relationships

Studies have found that social support often plays a role in health and well-being. Many researchers believe that social support can help:

  • Improve mental and emotional well-being
  • Reduce stress and stress-related illnesses
  • Improve recovery from illness
  • Increase resistance to disease