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Social relationships and health as predictors of life satisfaction in advanced old age: results from a Swedish longitudinal study

McCamish-Svensson, C; Samuelsson, Gillis LU ; Hagberg, Bo LU ; Svensson, Torbjörn LU and Dehlin, Ove LU (1999) In International Journal of Aging and Human Development 48(4). p.301-324
Abstract
This longitudinal study examines the relationship between family and friend social support, health, and life satisfaction for a single cohort of eighty-year-old persons living in Lund, Sweden. Results indicate that participants who remained in the study are healthier and score higher on life satisfaction when compared with those who either drop-out or die prior to age eighty-three. Even though well-integrated with family and friends, the number of friends decreases significantly from eighty to eighty-three years; those who reported no close friends nearly doubled from eighty to eighty-three years. However, for those with close friends, contact with friends increases with age. In contrast to previous research, a correlational analysis... (More)
This longitudinal study examines the relationship between family and friend social support, health, and life satisfaction for a single cohort of eighty-year-old persons living in Lund, Sweden. Results indicate that participants who remained in the study are healthier and score higher on life satisfaction when compared with those who either drop-out or die prior to age eighty-three. Even though well-integrated with family and friends, the number of friends decreases significantly from eighty to eighty-three years; those who reported no close friends nearly doubled from eighty to eighty-three years. However, for those with close friends, contact with friends increases with age. In contrast to previous research, a correlational analysis indicates that neither child nor friend support is related to life satisfaction at either eighty or eighty-three years. However, health measures and satisfaction with sibling contact are related to total life satisfaction at age eighty-three only. These findings indicate the multidimensionality of both social support and life satisfaction for the old-old. (Less)
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Follow up study, Satisfaction, Attitude, Daily living, Social support, Familial relation, Interpersonal relation, Social interaction, Social development, Elderly, Human
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International Journal of Aging and Human Development
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48
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4
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301 - 324
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Baywood Publishing Company
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0091-4150
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  author       = {McCamish-Svensson, C and Samuelsson, Gillis and Hagberg, Bo and Svensson, Torbjörn and Dehlin, Ove},
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  series       = {International Journal of Aging and Human Development},
  title        = {Social relationships and health as predictors of life satisfaction in advanced old age: results from a Swedish longitudinal study},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {1999},
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