|Title||A friend in need? Exploring the influence of disease and disability onset on the number of close friends among older adults.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||Forthcoming|
|Journal||Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences|
|Keywords||Disabilities, Health Conditions and Status, Social Support|
OBJECTIVES: This research examines whether onset of life-threatening disease (i.e., cancer, lung disease, heart disease, or stroke) or Activities of Daily Living (ADL) disability influences the reported number of close friends.
METHODS: Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) (2006-2012), this research capitalizes on panel data to assess changes in number of close friends over a four-year period. Lagged dependent variable (LDV) and change score (CS) approaches were employed.
RESULTS: Both the LDV and CS models provide evidence that onset of life-threatening disease was associated with reporting more friends four years later. In particular, onset of cancer was associated with reporting more close friends.
DISCUSSION: This research provides evidence of the network activation hypothesis following onset of life-threatening disease among older adults.
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|Alternate Journal||J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci|