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Examining the Variables Affecting the Social Networks of the Elderly

Examining the Variables Affecting the Social Networks of the Elderly
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Author(s): Didem Demir Erbil (Hacettepe University, Turkey) and Oya Hazer (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Policies, Protocols, and Practices for Social Work in the Digital World
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Fahri Ă–zsungur (Mersin University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7772-1.ch029

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Abstract

This study was carried out to examine the variables affecting the social networks of the elderly. A simple random sampling method was used as a data collection method in the research. The data were collected through face-to-face interviews. The participants of the study are 500 individuals aged 60 and over from members of the Ankara branch of the Turkish Pensioners Association. According to the results of the study, there is a considerable negative correlation between social network and depression (r=-0.40, p =0.001) and loneliness (r=-0.49, p =0.001). Also, social loneliness and depression is the stronger negative predictor of the social network. Moreover, there is a considerable positive correlation between social network and perceived available support (r=-0.52, p =0.001). In addition, there is a moderate positive correlation between social network and successful aging behavior (r=-0.30, p =0.001) and life satisfaction (r=-0.35, p =0.001).

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