Identify social support systems for an individual can include (1) asking about their immediate family and friends: who are the people that they are personally closest to, (2) understand their needs and the healthcare programs available to them: counselors, flu clinics

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POST 1(Kristen)

Social support has a positive effect on health promotion. Social support is when people offer encouragement and assistance with deal with issues. An example is social support after the loss of a loved one. The first level of support is friends and family. If they are unable to provide the support needed than the referral to agencies are attained. “Social support allows a client experiencing a crisis to seek help from another for guidance and reflection in managing the crisis” (Pearson, n.d). Two methods are stress management and improving social skills. Too much stress can affect a person’s physical well-being. It is important to teach our patients that through a difficult time, it is important to accept that they cannot control the even that is occurring. Improving social skills is another method we can teach our clients to help identity support systems. Having a support system, “Improves the ability to cope with stressful situations and alleviates emotional distress” (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Having good social skills enhances self-esteem.




Pearson. (n.d.). TOPIC 02: Social Support Systems. Retrieved November 4, 2019, from


Mayo Clinic. (2018, June 27). Your crew matters: How to build social support. Retrieved November 4, 2019, from


POST 2(Sarah

Having a social support system is a crucial element in promoting health and wellness. Social support is explained by the Denver College of Nursing (2019) as “a reciprocal process that occurs when individuals interact with others to receive encouragement, information, or assistance in dealing with psychosocial or physical issues” (p. 17). Social support can look different to each of us, a persons current state of health or illness, age, stressors, and more all  play a role in the social support needed and the necessary involvement a social support system will play in our life. The first level of support is typically through family and friends, next is healthcare providers or through the community. A social support system allows an individual to feel concern and desire for them the do and be well (“Evidence,” 2019).

An example of when a social support system made a large effect on the health promotion behavior of a client involved an elderly female, Mrs. B.. Mrs. B, with the support of her two adult daughters and their families, wanted to remain as independent as possible. Mrs. B, although relatively healthy considering her age, was diagnosed with osteoporosis and had recently had a fall at home which resulted in a short hospital stay. This fall promoted the conversation of the possibility of Mrs. B. moving into an assisted living or nursing home. With the support of her daughters and healthcare providers, Mrs. B agreed to a home health aide coming to her house 3-4 times per week (which she had previously refused) and became much more involved in her community fitness center and the nutrition and physical fitness classes offered. Having the support of her family and community encouraged Mrs. B to engage in health promotion behaviors and in turn, the support system supported and enouraged her desire to remain as independent as possible.

Methods to identify social support systems for an individual can include (1) asking about their immediate family and friends: who are the people that they are personally closest to, (2) understand their needs and the healthcare programs available to them: counselors, flu clinics, etc. , and (3) help them understand their communities and what is available to them to promote health and wellness: support groups, informational classes for nutrition and exercise, and more. The University of Minnesota (2016) explains that “social support enhances quality of life and provides a buffer against adverse life events” (p. 1).


Evidence-based interventions (2019). Denver College of Nursing. Retrieved from

Social support (2016). University of Minnesota. Retrieved from

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