Application of a unique social network inventory in a sample of persons age
75 and older in the Tel Aviv vicinity confirmed the presence of four disti
nct network types: kin, family-intensive, friend-focused, and diffuse-ties.
The kin network was found to offer the greatest degree of support, and the
family-intensive type, the least. The network type construct proved to be
a significant predictor of social support even when taking into account res
pondents' living arrangements, physical disability level, and personal copi