Social bonds in a healthy elderly sample: Characteristics and associated variables

Paula D. Thomas, Philip J. Garry, Jean M. Goodwin, James S. Goodwin

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Social bonds were examined in 256 healthy, independent-living elderly men and women using the Interview Schedule for Social Interaction (ISSI). Multivariate techniques were used to test for relationships between six dimensions of social bonds, as measured by the ISSI, and demographic characteristics as well as scores from the Kellner-Sheffield Symptom Questionnaire, the Jacobs Cognitive Screening Exam, the Halstead Category Test and the Wechsler Memory Scale. The study participants reported involvement in a range of satisfying, supportive, interpersonal relationships. Significant associations were found between social bonds and income, marital status, work status and health status. Emotional status, cognitive functioning, and memory were found to be independent of social bonds in our statistical model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-369
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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