Join the Club: Social Ties and Cognitive Integrity in Older Adults

Milne, Matilda (2013). Join the Club: Social Ties and Cognitive Integrity in Older Adults Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Milne, Matilda
Thesis Title Join the Club: Social Ties and Cognitive Integrity in Older Adults
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Catherine Haslam
Total pages 63
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Informed by the Social Identity Approach, this thesis aimed to examine the relationship between ties with groups and cognitive health in older adults. A growing body of literature suggests that having a large number of social ties can buffer cognitive decline in older adults, through the social resources these ties give access to. However, the current literature has largely only explored the effects of interpersonal ties with other individuals, and neglected the possible benefits of social group associations. The Social Identity Approach suggests that the groups processes underlying how we identify with them, can form the basis for our general health and wellbeing. To assess the relationship between social group ties and cognitive health, a cross-sectional survey was employed. This study recruited adults over 60 years (M = 76.85) who lived independently in the community (N= 42). Participants responded to a survey assessing both individual and group ties, before completing Addenbrooke‟s Cognitive Examination III, which was used as an indicator of cognitive health. It was predicted that group ties would be positively related to cognitive health, serially mediated by identification and social support, which was assessed with two competing models. Results supported the second serial mediation model, suggesting that social support influenced identification ratings in the association between group capital and cognitive integrity. These findings are discussed in the context of previous research, followed by practical and theoretical implications and directions for future research.
Keyword Social ties
cognitive health
older adult

 
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