Social connections are the interactions, relationships, roles, and sense of connection that humans experience. Social connection is dynamic – it changes over time – and there are many ways to connect socially. But each connection has one or more of these important components: structure, function, and quality.

I is For Independent Play Graphic

You can download this resource HERE.

Each component is important for health, because having social connections can be a proactive approach to living a fulfilled and happy life.


The number and variety of relationships (friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc.), and how often interactions with others occur.


Relationships and interactions that are positive, helpful, or satisfying.


How much others can be relied on for various needs, including emotional support, support in a crisis, spiritual support, instrumental support, and informational support.