The relationship of social support networks and support network function to the health status of older widowed black females

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Charlotte Marie Perry (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Vira R. Kivett

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among personal characteristics, situational characteristics, network structure, network function, and network adequacy and their relationships to the health of older widowed black females. The Convoy of Social Support Model, (Kahn & Antonucci, 1980) a life course theoretical approach, was modified to reflect culturally relevant variables to examine family life and support networks of older widowed black females. Health status was defined as the widows' ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living with or without assistance. Widowed female participants (N = 110) who lived as community dwellers in Guilford County, North Carolina were selected to determine the extent of dependency on family members and others. The participants were recruited from congregate luncheon sites, senior housing complexes, churches, single family and multifamily dwellings.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Widows $x Social networks
Women, Black $x Social networks
Widows $x Health and hygiene
Women, Black $x Health and hygiene

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