ERIC Number: ED229690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
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Perceived Social Support, Social Interaction and Nutrition among the Elderly.
Mansbach, William; Heller, Kenneth
Despite evidence that levels of social support can affect health, there has been little work isolating the factors which actually mediate the relationship between social support and health. In an attempt to analyze the role of nutrition as a mediating factor of health and social support among the elderly, female older adults (N=43) responded to an interview schedule and a social relationship questionnaire and participated in an assessment of nutritive intake. Data analyses indicated that none of the social support variables were related to nutrition variables. However, certain support variables such as having a confidante and spending time with that individual were related to health status and life satisfaction. These findings indicate the complexity of social support and imply that emotional support and problem solving are not necessarily associated with health and life satisfaction. (AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).