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Social relations and mortality: a more nuanced approach.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20603288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Among older adults social relationships influence mortality, but it is less clear how. We examined associations between relationship quality with spouse, child, and best friend and mortality; and whether the associations varied in the presence of chronic illnesses. Survival analyses (N = 514; 59 percent women aged >or= 60) revealed sometimes counterintuitive main and buffering effects. Individuals who reported greater negative relationship quality with their children and friends lived longer. Buffering models suggest that relationships may exacerbate the effects of chronic illness on mortality and emphasize the importance of using a more nuanced approach when examining the effects of social relations on mortality.
Toni C Antonucci; Kira S Birditt; Noah J Webster
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health psychology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1461-7277     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Psychol     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-06     Completed Date:  2010-10-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703616     Medline TA:  J Health Psychol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  649-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Michigan, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Chronic Disease / mortality*,  psychology
Family Relations
Friends / psychology
Interpersonal Relations*
Middle Aged
Proportional Hazards Models
Quality of Life / psychology
Risk Factors
Social Support
Survival Analysis
Grant Support

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