Perceived emotional support and frequent social contacts are associated with greater knowledge of stroke warning signs: Evidence from two cross-sectional US population surveys

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Public knowledge of acute stroke symptoms is a goal of public health policy. Similarly, general health knowledge is a hypothesized pathway for the salutary effects of social ties. This study examined the association of stroke warning sign knowledge with the quantity (number of recent social contacts) and/or quality (perceived emotional support) of social ties in two population-based cross-sectional surveys (Ns = 33,326 and 80,454). Both higher levels of emotional support and more frequent social contacts were independently associated with greater stroke warning sign knowledge. Social isolation is a novel marker of poor knowledge of stroke warning signs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012



  • NHIS
  • attitudes
  • health knowledge
  • networks-social
  • practice
  • stroke/diagnosis
  • support-social

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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