Social networks

Social networks:

Social relations and links between individuals which may provide access to or mobilization of social support for health.

Reference: modified definition

A stable society is far more likely to have established social networks which provide access to social support. De-stabilizing influences such as high unemployment, re-housing schemes, and rapid urbanization can lead to considerable dislocation of social networks. In such circumstances action to promote health might focus on support for reestablishing social networks.

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1