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The experience of illness is a profoundly social one. Suffering elicits emotions and hence the desire to talk to others. Mutual support groups, involving little or no cost to participants, have a powerful effect on mental and physical health, yet little is known about patterns of support group participation in health care. What kinds of illness experiences prompt patients to seek each other's company?
Davison, Kathryn & Pennebaker, James & Dickerson, Sally. (2000). Who talks? The social psychology of Illness support groups. The American psychologist. 55. 205-17. 10.1037/0003-066X.55.2.205.