Responsiveness of the Duke Social Support sub-scales in older women

Pachana, Nancy A., Smith, Nadine, Watson, Melanie, McLaughlin, Deirdre P. and Dobson, Annette J. (2008) Responsiveness of the Duke Social Support sub-scales in older women. Age and Ageing, 37 6: 666-672. doi:10.1093/ageing/afn205


Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Smith, Nadine
Watson, Melanie
McLaughlin, Deirdre P.
Dobson, Annette J.
Title Responsiveness of the Duke Social Support sub-scales in older women
Journal name Age and Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-0729
1468-2834
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/ageing/afn205
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 6
Start page 666
End page 672
Total pages 7
Editor Francis, R.
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject C1
920410 Mental Health
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract Objective: an abbreviated form of the Duke Social Support Index (DSSI) as used in a large longitudinal study of older Australian women was examined with respect to factors that might be expected to affect social support for older women over time.
Formatted abstract
Objective: an abbreviated form of the Duke Social Support Index (DSSI) as used in a large longitudinal study of older Australian women was examined with respect to factors that might be expected to affect social support for older women over time.

Methods
: in this large cohort study two sub-scales of the DSSI, one describing the size and structure of the social network (four items) and the other perceiving satisfaction with social support (six items), were analysed in relation to outcome and exploratory variables.

Results: over a 3-year period, the network score increased among women whose life circumstances meant that they were likely to receive more support (e.g. recent widowhood). Likewise, those women at risk of becoming more socially isolated (e.g. those with sensory loss) became less satisfied with their social support. Changes in both measures were tempered by women's mental health and optimism.

Conclusions
: although the sub-scales of the DSSI may not fully reflect the complexity of social support paradigms, they are responsive to changes in the lives of older women and can be useful in community-based epidemiological studies.
Keyword social support
women's health
longitudinal studies
Duke Social Support Index
elderly
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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