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A quantitative and qualitative approach to social relationships and well-being in the United States and Japan

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Lansford, JE; Antonucci, TC; Akiyama, H; Takahashi, K
Published in: Journal of Comparative Family Studies
January 1, 2005

This study examined associations between social relationships and psychological well-being through (a) quantitative analyses of surveys of representative samples ranging in age from 13 to 93 in the United States (N = 1498) and Japan (N = 1641) and (b) qualitative content analyses of 12 focus group discussions conducted separately with American and Japanese participants. Survey results revealed that having a spouse or a best friend was related more strongly to some aspects of psychological well-being in Japan than in the United States. Findings regarding the quality of social relationships were more mixed; some aspects of quality were related more strongly to well-being in Japan but others were related more strongly in the United States. Focus group participants described social relationships as influencing well-being by offering a sense of belonging, providing someone in whom to confide, making too many demands and not allowing enough independence, and affecting perceptions of success in relationships.

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Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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0047-2328

Publication Date

January 1, 2005

Volume

36

Issue

1

Related Subject Headings

  • Family Studies
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4403 Demography
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1603 Demography
 

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Lansford, J. E., Antonucci, T. C., Akiyama, H., & Takahashi, K. (2005). A quantitative and qualitative approach to social relationships and well-being in the United States and Japan. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36(1). https://doi.org/10.3138/jcfs.36.1.1
Lansford, J. E., T. C. Antonucci, H. Akiyama, and K. Takahashi. “A quantitative and qualitative approach to social relationships and well-being in the United States and Japan.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies 36, no. 1 (January 1, 2005). https://doi.org/10.3138/jcfs.36.1.1.
Lansford JE, Antonucci TC, Akiyama H, Takahashi K. A quantitative and qualitative approach to social relationships and well-being in the United States and Japan. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 2005 Jan 1;36(1).
Lansford, J. E., et al. “A quantitative and qualitative approach to social relationships and well-being in the United States and Japan.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, Jan. 2005. Scopus, doi:10.3138/jcfs.36.1.1.
Lansford JE, Antonucci TC, Akiyama H, Takahashi K. A quantitative and qualitative approach to social relationships and well-being in the United States and Japan. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 2005 Jan 1;36(1).

Published In

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

DOI

ISSN

0047-2328

Publication Date

January 1, 2005

Volume

36

Issue

1

Related Subject Headings

  • Family Studies
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4403 Demography
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1603 Demography