Social relations: An examination of social networks, social support, and sense of control

The study of social relations has most often included the related concepts of social networks and social support. This chapter extends these related concepts to include social cognition, more specifically a sense of control. The chapter begins with a short history of important developments in this field. Next, issues and problems of definition, measurement, design, and analyses are considered, and new advancements in these areas are recognized. The major focus, however, is on important theoretical developments and recent empirical evidence. The implications of what is already known and how it can best be utilized are considered. Finally, some thoughts are offered on how future research might most profitably be directed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the chapter)