Negative daily events, positive and negative social ties, and psychological distress among older adults

M. A. Okun, J. F. Melichar, M. D. Hill

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This study examined whether positive and negative social ties moderate the effects of negative daily events on psychological distress of 110 community-dwelling elders age 60-89. In accord with the stress-buffering hypothesis, the effect of negative daily events on psychological distress significantly (p<.05) decreased as positive social ties increased. Contrary to the stress-amplifying hypothesis, negative social ties did not interact with negative daily events to influence psychological distress, but instead, had a significant (p < .01) additive effect on it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-199
Number of pages7
JournalGerontologist
Volume30
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

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Negative daily events, positive and negative social ties, and psychological distress among older adults. / Okun, M. A.; Melichar, J. F.; Hill, M. D.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1990, p. 193-199.

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Okun, M. A. ; Melichar, J. F. ; Hill, M. D. / Negative daily events, positive and negative social ties, and psychological distress among older adults. In: Gerontologist. 1990 ; Vol. 30, No. 2. pp. 193-199.
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