ERIC Number: ED252771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Subjective Social Support Indices and Their Relationship to Quality of Life of Older Adults.
Leftwich, Linda M.; And Others
Research shows that subjective indices of social integration are related to general well-being. In order to study the relationship between social interaction and well-being, 31 healthy Caucasian adults, with a mean age of 73 years, were given two questionnaires. The first contained eleven subjective social interation variables and was derived from the Pattison Psychosocial Support Inventory. The second, Flanagan's Life Satisfaction Inventory, measured general well-being by having subjects rate levels of satisfaction and importance for each of 15 different life aspects. An overall Importance, an overall Satisfaction, and an overall (Importance x Satisfaction) Quality of Life Score was computed. None of the subjective social support variables was significantly related to overall Satisfaction, a measure comparable to more traditional life satisfaction measures. However, these variables did account for 60% of the variance in Quality of Life. These results, which are inconsistent with the findings of other researchers, may be linked to the fact that the relative salience of life aspects for these respondents was considered. (Author/BH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).