Humans have a basic need for contact with other humans. Authors like Lewis, Amini & Landon discuss the important regulating effects that social contact and healthy relationships have on human mental and physical well-being, and the consequences that arise from a lack of these requirements . House, Landis, and Umberson have pointed out that a lack of social relationships constitutes a risk factor for health that exceeds that of more commonly known risk factors like cigarette smoking, obesity, and lack of physical activity . Many factors jeopardize our ability to form and achieve balance in relationships with other people.…
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