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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Abstract

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
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1990

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Hassles
  • Psychological symptoms
  • Social support
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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