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ERIC Number: EJ914284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
The Societal Impact of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Use of Social Support Resources Differs by the Severity of the Impairment
Brennan, Mark; Horowitz, Amy; Reinhardt, Joann P.; Stuen, Cynthia; Rubio, Roman; Oestreicher, Nina
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v105 n1 p5-19 Jan 2011
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness among persons aged 50 years and older and is most prevalent among individuals of European descent aged 65 and older (Friedman et al., 2004; Rosenthal & Thompson, 2003). By affecting central vision, AMD interferes with such tasks as reading, driving, and activities of daily living. Because of its negative impact on functional ability and mental health, the instrumental and affective social support received by those with AMD can be crucial in adapting to this condition. In this paper, objective and subjective severity of visual impairment were examined in relation to the receipt of social support over time among 384 adults with AMD. Both types of impairment were related to greater family support, with those with discrepant subjective and objective impairment (high and low, respectively) reporting the most instrumental support. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York