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

Citation
C. Mccamish-svensson et al., Social relationships and health as predictors of life satisfaction in advanced old age: Results from a Swedish longitudinal study, INT J AGING, 48(4), 1999, pp. 301-324
Citations number
45
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AGING & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
ISSN journal
0091-4150 → ACNP
Volume
48
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
301 - 324
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-4150(1999)48:4<301:SRAHAP>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
This longitudinal study examines the relationship between family and friend social support, health, and life satisfaction for a single cohort of eight y-year-old persons living in Lund, Sweden. Results indicate that participan ts who remained in the study are healthier and score higher on life satisfa ction when compared with those who either drop-out or die prior to age eigh ty-three. Even though well-integrated with family and friends, the number o f friends decreases significantly from eighty to eighty-three years; those who reported no close friends nearly doubled from eighty to eighty-three ye ars. However, for those with close friends, contact with friends increases with age. In contrast to previous research, a correlational analysis indica tes that neither child nor friend support is related to life satisfaction a t either eighty or eighty-three years. However, health measures and satisfa ction with sibling contact are related to total life satisfaction at age ei ghty-three only. These findings indicate the multidimensionality of both so cial support and life satisfaction for the old-old.