Social bonds in a healthy elderly sample

Characteristics and associated variables

Paula D. Thomas, Philip J. Garry, Jean M. Goodwin, James Goodwin

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Abstract

Social bonds were examined in 256 healthy, independent-living elderly men and women using the Interview Schedule for Social Interaction (ISSI). Multivariate techniques were used to test for relationships between six dimensions of social bonds, as measured by the ISSI, and demographic characteristics as well as scores from the Kellner-Sheffield Symptom Questionnaire, the Jacobs Cognitive Screening Exam, the Halstead Category Test and the Wechsler Memory Scale. The study participants reported involvement in a range of satisfying, supportive, interpersonal relationships. Significant associations were found between social bonds and income, marital status, work status and health status. Emotional status, cognitive functioning, and memory were found to be independent of social bonds in our statistical model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-369
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Interpersonal Relations
Appointments and Schedules
Interviews
Independent Living
Wechsler Scales
Marital Status
health status
Statistical Models
interaction
interview
marital status
Health Status
Demography
income
questionnaire
test
Social interaction
Schedule
Social Bonds
Surveys and Questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)

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Social bonds in a healthy elderly sample : Characteristics and associated variables. / Thomas, Paula D.; Garry, Philip J.; Goodwin, Jean M.; Goodwin, James.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1985, p. 365-369.

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Thomas, Paula D. ; Garry, Philip J. ; Goodwin, Jean M. ; Goodwin, James. / Social bonds in a healthy elderly sample : Characteristics and associated variables. In: Social Science and Medicine. 1985 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 365-369.
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