Lois M Verbrugge

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Recent reviews of scientific work on subjective well-being (SWB) reveal disagreements in conceptualization, measurement, and explanation of the concept. We propose Social Production Function theory as a framework to resolve them. Social Production Function (SPF) theory integrates strengths of relevant psychological theories and economic consumer/household(More)
This study examines cross-sectional age differences, longitudinal age changes, and secular changes in obligatory, committed, and discretionary activities, using activity questionnaire completed by men and women participants in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging between 1958 and 1992. (1) Time spent, on obligatory activities and passive leisure is(More)
This article examines how often physicians prescribe therapeutic drugs to men and women who present the same complaints or receive the same diagnoses. Data are from the 1975 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and pertain to visits made by U.S. adults to office-based physicians that year. For most common complaints and diagnoses, women receive(More)
This study examined relationships between three sensory and communication abilities and two areas of nursing home resident behavior. Data from 18,873 nursing home residents include measures of hearing, visual, and communication abilities, and social engagement and time spent in activities. Increasing level of visual impairment is associated with low levels(More)
2 This paper is dedicated to the late J. Clyde Mitchell who welcomed me to British network analysis in 1974 and continued as a friend, enthusiastic member of INSNA, and frequent contributor to Connections until his death in 1995. I also appreciate the advice, comments, editing, and continued support of Bev Wellman. 2 Some time ago, Steve Borgatti — then(More)
OBJECTIVES Personal and equipment assistance are often used to reduce disability. This study predicts use of assistance, type of assistance, and its efficacy (improvement with assistance) for disabilities in personal care and household management tasks. METHODS U.S. community-dwellers aged 55+ are studied using the 1994-1995 National Health Interview(More)
INTRODUCTION we have tested the hypothesis that the co-occurrence of common impairments (motor and cognitive impairments, vision and hearing loss, depressive symptoms) of later life have exacerbating effects on disability [activities and instrumental activities of daily living, social and role function, (in)activity]. METHOD data were drawn from a(More)
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS There is little reason to expect any of you to be familiar with the particulars of my career, and especially with those aspects of it that have much bearing on my intellectual development as it pertains to my abiding interest in social network analysis. Certainly you will not know about the war stories that have come to have such an(More)
OBJECTIVES We study changes in average disability over nearly two decades for a large epidemiological cohort of older Americans. As some people exit by mortality, do average disability levels for the living cohort rise rapidly, rise gradually, stay steady, or decline? METHOD Data are from the Study of Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD)(More)
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