Social Connections and Health Across the Lifecourse

A seminar & discussion hosted by the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) Working Groups, University of Edinburgh

’€œMan is by nature a social animal… Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.’€ – Aristotle

Social connections are concerned with the interactions between people and/or groups of people, occurring within a range of settings, including communities, families and peer groups or friendship networks. There is growing evidence that these are important drivers of health and wellbeing throughout the lifecourse and through a variety of mechanisms.
This is reflected in national policy, which increasingly refers to connectedness as a health asset within communities. We have invited four speakers, from a range of backgrounds, to present evidence of how social connections can influence health across the lifecourse.
The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion.


17:05  – 17:25

’€˜Later Life’€™ presentation on ’€˜A Scotland for all ages’€™
Glenda Watt, Strategy Manager, Edinburgh’€™s Joint Plan for Older People, The City of Edinburgh Council

17:25 -€“ 17:45

’€˜Adult Life / Working Age’€™ presentation on ’€™Enhancing health through social enterprise and social banking’€™
Prof. Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian University

17:45 – 18:05

’€’Adolescence and Young Adulthood’€™ presentation on ’€˜The relationship between social connectedness and health-related behaviours in adolescence’€™
Dr Marion Henderson, Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

18:05 – 18:25

’€˜Early Years’€™ presentation on ’€˜Do high maternal social assets – social support from close ties – attenuate some of the negative effects on children of living in persistent low income?’€™
Dr Morag Treanor, Lecturer in Quantitative Social Policy, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh