Age-related patterns in social networks among European Americans and African Americans: implications for socioemotional selectivity across the life span.

@article{Fung2001AgerelatedPI,
  title={Age-related patterns in social networks among European Americans and African Americans: implications for socioemotional selectivity across the life span.},
  author={Helene H Fung and Laura L. Carstensen and Frieder R. Lang},
  journal={International journal of aging & human development},
  year={2001},
  volume={52 3},
  pages={185-206}
}
Socioemotional selectivity theory contends that as people become increasingly aware of limitations on future time, they are increasingly motivated to be more selective in their choice of social partners, favoring emotionally meaningful relationships over peripheral ones. The theory hypothesizes that because age is negatively associated with time left in life, the social networks of older people contain fewer peripheral social partners than those of their younger counterparts. This study tested… CONTINUE READING

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