ERIC Number: ED183979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Social Networks of Blacks and Whites in a Sample of Elderly in a Southern Border State.
Kernodle, R. Wayne; Kernodle, Ruth L.
The social network of elderly blacks was compared with whites in a sample of 241 ambulatory persons interviewed in congregate settings in a planning district of a border Southern state. Questions were asked about monthly patterns of social interaction, such as visiting and phone contacts with children, other kin, neighbors, friends, involvement in group and community activities, patterns of local and non-local travel. Occupation prior to retirement was obtained and used to suggest any social class differences influencing these patterns. Results indicated that: (1) blacks had significantly more contact with children and kin than did the whites; this was true for all social classes (Class I being the highest and Class III the lowest); (2) whites (except Class III) had more contact with neighbors and friends; (3) relative social isolation and lack of social network was experienced by Class III whites and the very rich network of Class I Blacks; and (4) whites were more involved in community and group activities, with church and church groups being the main group involvement of blacks. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (32nd, Washington, DC, November 25-29, 1979)