Elephant Café Brown Bag Series PRESENTS: Friday, October 31, 12:20 to 1:10 p.m., Room 109
“Social Causation and Social Selection Models of Social Support and Posttraumatic Distress”
Reviews of literature frequently note the limitations of supportive relationships in times of stress but have generally concluded that social support is beneficial to psychological well-being and physical health. The vast majority of studies that have provided evidence for such conclusions were based on two dominant theoretical formulations: the stress buffer (interactive) model and the main effects (additive) model. Although heavily supported empirically, these two models constrain our understanding of the many different ways stress, social support, and health are related. This presentation should alleviate this deficiency by introducing many other theoretical models describing these relationships.