Environmental context and social relationships: A relational perspective on health disparities
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method
Recent research findings have documented the important role of environmental factors in life span biopsychosocial development (Antonucci, Birditt, & Ajrouch, 2011; Glymour, Ertel, & Berkman, 2009). This research has identified the environment as a significant source of vulnerability and resilience, thereby highlighting its critical role in shaping the development of health disparities across groups (e.g., racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, etc.). Despite theoretical advancements and methodological innovations in the study of social relations, and a growing body of research documenting their influence on health disparities across the life span, there is still a fundamental lack of knowledge regarding how characteristics of the environment intertwine with social relations to play a role in this process.
Link to Published Version
Webster, N. J., Ajrouch, K. J., Wan, W. H., & Antonucci, T. C. (2017). Environmental context and social relationships. In A. S. Dick & U. Müller (Eds.), Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method (1st ed., pp. 210–221). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/8791315174686-17