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Prospective designs are essential in order to consider how relationship/health linkages and explanatory mechanisms unfold over time

Prospective designs are essential in order to consider how relationship/health linkages and explanatory mechanisms unfold over time

Prospective designs are essential in order to consider how relationship/health linkages and explanatory mechanisms unfold over time

In addition, future research will benefit from methodological considerations, including a greater focus on prospective survey designs and corresponding longitudinal analyses, dyadic information about social relationships, and qualitative data. This approach fits with the life course notion that determinants of current health originate early in life and accumulate across the life span (Ben-Shlomo and Kuh 2002). Taking full advantage of prospective surveys through longitudinal data analysis and wider application of multilevel modeling could shed more light on the social processes involved in building, sustaining, and benefiting from social ties across the life course.

Most studies on social ties and health use individual-level data, as surveys typically collect information from one member per household. However, social ties, by definition, involve more than one person. Read more about Prospective designs are essential in order to consider how relationship/health linkages and explanatory mechanisms unfold over time