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Family & Social Support

Research has shown that people with greater social support, less isolation, and greater interpersonal trust live longer and healthier lives. This is exhibited through lower levels of anxiety and depression and reduced tendencies towards stress-related behaviors such as overeating and smoking. Family and social support, or social connectedness, can also reduce the likelihood of other conditions and diseases.

Reviewed family & social support policies and programs are listed below. Click on column headings to sort by approach, policy or program, evidence rating, or decision maker. Click on Policy or Program name for more information.

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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Social media for civic participation
Some Evidence
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Open Streets
Expert Opinion
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Community arts programs
Expert Opinion
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Neighborhood associations
Expert Opinion
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Community centers
Expert Opinion
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Trauma-informed approaches to community building
Expert Opinion
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Birthing Project Sister Friends
Insufficient Evidence
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3 4 1 Family & Social Support Build social capital within communities Grocery, housing & utilities cooperatives
Insufficient Evidence
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Outdoor experiential education & wilderness therapy
Scientifically Supported
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Extracurricular activities for social engagement
Scientifically Supported
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Activity programs for older adults
Scientifically Supported
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Youth peer mentoring
Some Evidence
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Youth empowerment programs
Some Evidence
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Intergenerational communities
Expert Opinion
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3 4 2 Family & Social Support Increase social connectedness Intergenerational mentoring
Expert Opinion
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Early childhood home visiting programs
Scientifically Supported
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Group-based parenting programs
Scientifically Supported
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
Scientifically Supported
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Healthy Families America (HFA)
Some Evidence
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Father involvement programs
Some Evidence
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Nurturing Fathers Program
Expert Opinion
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Georgia Fatherhood Program
Insufficient Evidence
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families National Fatherhood Initiative's 24/7 Dad
Insufficient Evidence
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families National Fatherhood Initiative's InsideOut Dad
Insufficient Evidence
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3 4 3 Family & Social Support Build social capital within families Male Initiative Program
Insufficient Evidence
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3 4 4 Family & Social Support Ensure access to counseling and support Cell phone-based support programs
Some Evidence
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3 4 4 Family & Social Support Ensure access to counseling and support Social service integration
Expert Opinion
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