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Social Networks in the NSHAP Study: rationale, measurement, and preliminary findings.
J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2009 Nov; 64 Suppl 1:i47-55.JG

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This paper describes the rationale behind the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project's (NSHAP) social networks module, data collection procedures, and the measurement of several egocentric network properties. This includes a discussion of network size, composition, volume of contact with network members, density, and bridging potential. Data on the extent to which older adults involve network members in personal health matters are also discussed.

METHODS

Descriptive statistics are presented for key network measures. Sociodemographic distributions of these measures are presented. Older adults' likelihood of discussing health with network members is also broken down by network member characteristics.

RESULTS

Older adults tended to have large, kin-centered, dense networks, with some bridging potential. Network characteristics were related to age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, and health. Older adults tended to be very likely to involve network members (especially close ties) in health discussions and medical decision making.

DISCUSSION

The data reiterate the relevance of social networks to older adults' health. We close by discussing how the NSHAP measures might be employed in future analyses of health.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA. btc49@cornell.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19502574

Citation

Cornwell, Benjamin, et al. "Social Networks in the NSHAP Study: Rationale, Measurement, and Preliminary Findings." The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 64 Suppl 1, 2009, pp. i47-55.
Cornwell B, Schumm LP, Laumann EO, et al. Social Networks in the NSHAP Study: rationale, measurement, and preliminary findings. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2009;64 Suppl 1:i47-55.
Cornwell, B., Schumm, L. P., Laumann, E. O., & Graber, J. (2009). Social Networks in the NSHAP Study: rationale, measurement, and preliminary findings. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 64 Suppl 1, i47-55. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbp042
Cornwell B, et al. Social Networks in the NSHAP Study: Rationale, Measurement, and Preliminary Findings. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2009;64 Suppl 1:i47-55. PubMed PMID: 19502574.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social Networks in the NSHAP Study: rationale, measurement, and preliminary findings. AU - Cornwell,Benjamin, AU - Schumm,L Philip, AU - Laumann,Edward O, AU - Graber,Jessica, Y1 - 2009/06/05/ PY - 2009/6/9/entrez PY - 2009/6/9/pubmed PY - 2009/11/3/medline SP - i47 EP - 55 JF - The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences JO - J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci VL - 64 Suppl 1 N2 - OBJECTIVES: This paper describes the rationale behind the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project's (NSHAP) social networks module, data collection procedures, and the measurement of several egocentric network properties. This includes a discussion of network size, composition, volume of contact with network members, density, and bridging potential. Data on the extent to which older adults involve network members in personal health matters are also discussed. METHODS: Descriptive statistics are presented for key network measures. Sociodemographic distributions of these measures are presented. Older adults' likelihood of discussing health with network members is also broken down by network member characteristics. RESULTS: Older adults tended to have large, kin-centered, dense networks, with some bridging potential. Network characteristics were related to age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, and health. Older adults tended to be very likely to involve network members (especially close ties) in health discussions and medical decision making. DISCUSSION: The data reiterate the relevance of social networks to older adults' health. We close by discussing how the NSHAP measures might be employed in future analyses of health. SN - 1758-5368 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19502574/Social_Networks_in_the_NSHAP_Study:_rationale_measurement_and_preliminary_findings_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/psychsocgerontology/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/geronb/gbp042 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -