Satisfaction with support given and its association with subsequent health status

Glenn V. Ostir, Eleanor Simonsick, Judith D. Kasper, Jack M. Guralnik

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Abstract

Objectives: This study investigates health outcomes of older individuals who reported on their level of satisfaction with support given to family, friends, or community organizations. Methods: A 3-year prospective cohort study of women aged 65 and older. Results: Higher scores on the giving support scale predicted better lower-body function (β = .06; SE .02; p= .02) and less ADL difficulty (β = -.18; SE .04; p= .0001). The scale was also significantly associated with future hospitalization and death. Women in the lowest quartile were 28% more likely to be hospitalized (relative risk [RR] 1.28; 95% CI 1.00 - 1.65; p=.05) and 52% more likely to die (RR 1.52; 95% CI 1.03 - 2.26; p=.03) compared with those who scored in the highest quartile. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that level of satisfaction with support given to family or friends or the community is associated with future health of the older person.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-369
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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