Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Bert N. Uchino
  • Kimberly Bowen
  • McKenzie Carlisle
  • Maija Reblin
  • Rebecca Campo
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1425



Interpersonal processes refer broadly to actual or perceived elements of the social world. These processes can be generally positive (e.g., support) or negative (e.g., conflict) and of more specific types such as emotional support or insensitivity to others. It is also used to refer to the broader social context (e.g., social networks) in which such processes are embedded.



Interpersonal processes such as social support and social negativity have long been suspected as contributors to physical health outcomes. However, most biomedical research aimed at understanding disease has focused on biological processes (e.g., physiology, pathogens). There is now strong evidence linking interpersonal processes to biological pathways. This provides a bridge that can connect these perspectives to gain a more integrative understanding of the complex, multiply determined...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert N. Uchino
    • 1
  • Kimberly Bowen
    • 1
  • McKenzie Carlisle
    • 1
  • Maija Reblin
    • 2
  • Rebecca Campo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Health Psychology ProgramUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.College of NursingUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.Huntsman Cancer InstituteUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA