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Brief Report: Social Responsibility: A Foundation for Public Health
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Good health is generally thought to be the result of good genes, good luck, and good habits. Good health is considered necessary for a good quality of life and both are thought to depend on a high standard of living. While diet, exercise, and a high standard of living undoubtedly contribute to health, research from the social and natural sciences addresses other important factors that contribute to good health and good quality of life. This paper looks at some of this research which describes the relationship between social cohesion, egalitarianism, and health. Egalitarian societies with strong social cohesion promote the health and longevity of their members. Many factors have been identified as contributing to this phenomenon. Currently, however, researchers have no theory to explain the relationship between these various factors. Bowen family systems theory offers such a perspective and provides a framework for understanding the ways that individual health and quality of life are shaped by the ways a community is organized. The community, in turn, is shaped by the ways its members contribute to and benefit from it.

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