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Applied Anthropology

Migrant Women and Social Support: Two Comparative Case Studies in a Colorado Community

Christina Heyon Lee Ursula Lauper

Social scientific theory suggests that social support networks are related to positive growth and health. Since the 1970's, according to Cohen and Syme in Social Support and Health, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in the concept of social support as it affects health and well-being. This interest is reflected by an increase in treatment and intervention programs which encourage social support. Our research focuses on social support systems as a means to decrease isolation as well as inadequate housing, food, transportation and health care. This research is intended to benefit the families by providing their point of view in order to better understand the conditions in which they live in order to increase awareness in the sectors of social services.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 1, Vol. 18, Spring, 1998 pp 68 – 75

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