Impact of positive and negative aspects of marital relationships and friendships on well-being of older adults


Journal Article

© 2001 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. This study examined associations between well-being and positive and negative aspects of social relationships among 128 married older adults with a best friend.Women were more depressed than men if they did not have a friend in whom to confide, but women who did have a friend in whom to confide reported lower levels of depressive symptomatology, closer to levels reported by men. Men’s depressive symptomatology was not related to having a friend confidant. Similarly, women who did not have a same-sex best friend in whom to confide were less satisfied with life than women who did have a friend confidant and men in general. Having a best friend who gets on their nerves was negatively related to men’s life satisfaction and positively related to women’s. Thus, positive and negative aspects of friendships were related to women’s and men’s well-being in different ways and were more important for women. Positive and negative aspects of marital relationships, on the other hand, related to depressive symptomatology and life satisfaction of women in comparable ways as for men. Results are considered in terms of the practical implications for supportive relationships to help older people meet the challenges of aging.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Antonucci, TC; Lansford, JE; Akiyama, H

Published Date

  • April 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 68 - 75

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-480X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1088-8691

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1207/S1532480XADS0502_2

Citation Source

  • Scopus