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Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression.

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Voils, CI; Allaire, JC; Olsen, MK; Steffens, DC; Hoyle, RH; Bosworth, HB
Published in: Int Psychogeriatr
December 2007

BACKGROUND: Research with nondepressed adults suggests that social networks and social support are stable over the life course until very late age. This may not hold true for older adults with depression. We examined baseline status and trajectories of social networks and social support at the group and individual levels over five years. METHODS: The sample consisted of 339 initially depressed adults aged 59 or older (M = 69 years) enrolled in a naturalistic study of depression. Measures of social ties, including social network size, frequency of interaction, instrumental support, and subjective support, were administered at baseline and yearly for five years. RESULTS: Latent growth curve models were estimated for each aspect of social ties. On average, social network size and frequency of interaction were low at baseline and remained stable over time, whereas subjective and instrumental support were high at baseline yet increased over time. There was significant variation in the direction and rate of change over time, which was not predicted by demographic or clinical factors. CONCLUSIONS: Because increasing social networks may be ineffective and may not be possible for a portion of people who already receive maximal support, interventions to increase social support may only work for a portion of older depressed adults.

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Int Psychogeriatr

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1041-6102

Publication Date

December 2007

Volume

19

Issue

6

Start / End Page

1110 / 1124

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Support
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • North Carolina
  • Models, Anatomic
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Life Change Events
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Humans
  • Growth Plate
 

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Voils, C. I., Allaire, J. C., Olsen, M. K., Steffens, D. C., Hoyle, R. H., & Bosworth, H. B. (2007). Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression. Int Psychogeriatr, 19(6), 1110–1124. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610207005303
Voils, Corrine I., Jason C. Allaire, Maren K. Olsen, David C. Steffens, Rick H. Hoyle, and Hayden B. Bosworth. “Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression.Int Psychogeriatr 19, no. 6 (December 2007): 1110–24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610207005303.
Voils CI, Allaire JC, Olsen MK, Steffens DC, Hoyle RH, Bosworth HB. Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression. Int Psychogeriatr. 2007 Dec;19(6):1110–24.
Voils, Corrine I., et al. “Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression.Int Psychogeriatr, vol. 19, no. 6, Dec. 2007, pp. 1110–24. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/S1041610207005303.
Voils CI, Allaire JC, Olsen MK, Steffens DC, Hoyle RH, Bosworth HB. Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression. Int Psychogeriatr. 2007 Dec;19(6):1110–1124.
Journal cover image

Published In

Int Psychogeriatr

DOI

ISSN

1041-6102

Publication Date

December 2007

Volume

19

Issue

6

Start / End Page

1110 / 1124

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Support
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • North Carolina
  • Models, Anatomic
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Life Change Events
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Humans
  • Growth Plate