A friend in need? Exploring the influence of disease and disability onset on the number of close friends among older adults.

TitleA friend in need? Exploring the influence of disease and disability onset on the number of close friends among older adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsLatham-Mintus, K
JournalJournals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences
ISSN Number1758-5368
KeywordsDisabilities, Health Conditions and Status, Social Support
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1093/geronb/gbz050
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Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key10041
PubMed ID31056663