most-significant other

most-significant other

Social medicine The person in another person's universe upon whom he/she most heavily depends for moral and physical support during crisis and/or stress Examples Parent, spouse, child, lover, sibling, or friend. See Bonding, Companionship, Extended family, Marriage bonus, Mothering, Negative most significant other, Positive most significant other; Cf Anaclytic depression, Holtism, Nuclear family, Social isolation.
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