Reciprocal Effects Between Health and Social Support in Older Adults' Relationships With Their Children and Friends

TitleReciprocal Effects Between Health and Social Support in Older Adults' Relationships With Their Children and Friends
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHa, J-H, Kahng, SKyoung, Choi, N
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume29
Issue2
Pagination300-321
Date Published02/2017
KeywordsAdult children, Health Conditions and Status
Abstract

This study examined the longitudinal reciprocal effects between health and social support in older adults relationships with their children and friends. Data are from the 2006 and 2010 waves of the Health and Retirement Study (N = 3,760). We focused on three specific aspects of social support: frequency of contact, positive interactions, and negative interactions. We used autoregressive cross-lagged models to examine the bidirectional effects between social support and health. When the bidirectional effects between health and social support were simultaneously examined, the longitudinal effect of social support on health was not significant. In contrast, older adults poor health was associated with decreased contact and decreased positive interactions with friends as well as with increased negative interactions with their adult children and friends. The findings suggest that older adults poor health has a negative impact on their social relationships and that such effect surpasses the impact of social relationships on health.

URLhttp://roa.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/10/15/0164027515611182.abstract
DOI10.1177/0164027515611182
Endnote Keywords

health/social support/social relationships/autoregressive cross-lagged models

Endnote ID

999999

Citation Key6454
PubMed ID26475653